from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism A chief priest, especially of the ancient Levitical priesthood. By tradition this office was restricted to men.
  • n. Mormon Church A priest of the Melchizedek order. By tradition this office is restricted to men.
  • n. The head or chief proponent, as of a movement or doctrine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clergyman with a higher function than a normal priest.
  • n. In the history of the Hebrew Testament (Tanakh), the male person who was responsible for making the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Always a descendant of Aaron the older brother of Moses.
  • n. Jesus Christ.
  • n. The second-lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
  • n. A person holding a position of power or influence; an authority in a field of study, doctrine, art or a movement.
  • n. A third degree (sometimes forth degree) male witch in Wicca.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See in the Vocabulary.
  • A chief priest; esp., the head of the Jewish priesthood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrine
  • n. a senior clergyman and dignitary


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  • His answer to the problem of Octavian was to divide the Roman world between them, with a sop thrown to Marcus Lepidus, high priest and owner of a large senatorial faction.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • And our encouragement to make use of this foundation and to engage in this way is taken from his discharge of the office of a high priest in our behalf: ` "Having an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near."


  • And compassion is the first grace required in a high priest or sacrificer, Heb.v. 2.


  • In that same year of 1904 died the high priest of our political corruption, Mark Hanna.

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  • Visionary and fraudster, the prince whom Lord Cromer called “the great high priest of Sham” was the first great kleptocrat of modern African history.2

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  • The emperor was the great high priest of the nation.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • It was said that the turban of Orosmane, the costume of America, the Roman toga, or the robe of the high priest of Jerusalem, all became him equally well; and I believe that this was the exact truth.

    The Memoirs of Napoleon

  • Serapis A peculiarly hybrid god invented for the citizens of Alexandria by its first Ptolemy and the then high priest of Ptah, one Manetho.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • One newspaper called him “a high priest of the kid-glove persuasion”; another, “an elegant Jeremiah”; and Mr. Lionel Tollemache, combining in one harmonious whole the absurdities of all the other commentators, says: “When asked my opinion of this quaint man of genius, I have described him as a Hebrew prophet in white kid gloves.”

    Matthew Arnold

  • Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

    GOD Will Make a Way


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