from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The female head or chief proponent, as of a movement or doctrine: the high priestess of modern art.
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- n. A female clergyman with a higher function than a normal priestess.
- n. the second trump or major arcana card in most traditional tarot decks.
- n. A third degree (sometimes forth degree) female witch in Wicca.
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In the annual Osiran mystery plays of Egypt, the high priestess who played Isis lamented ‘Evil men have killed my beloved, and where his body is I know not’: when she finally reassembles his body, she says ‘Behold I found thee lying there…O Osiris, live, stand up the unfortunate one that liest there!
Lilith Kane is the high priestess of a satanic coven who ultimate goal is nothing less than the total conquest of Europe!
Did I mention that my reality show filmed a voodoo high priestess making me wipe my wootle with a rag after she bathed me in gin, dried beans, and cheap Mexican perfume because I believed my husband’s ex-wife had put a hex on me?
Andromache’s contempt filled the room like a seething mist, and Piria saw the high priestess blanch.