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- n. Priests collectively; the priesthood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Priests, collectively; the priesthood; -- so called in contempt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Priests collectively; the priesthood: in contempt.
The sectarian college had put him out of joint with priestery.
-- a Minister of ninety almost, a sovereign of whom all that can be said is that he is a great canonist, and all that little bubbling and boiling of priestery and monkery, which is at once odious, mischievous, and contemptible, a sort of extinct volcano, all the stink of the sulphur without any of the splendour of the eruption.