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

  • adj. Of or relating to a priest or the priesthood.
  • adj. Characteristic of or suitable for a priest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to priests; order of the priests; high religious position

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a priest or the priesthood; sacerdotal; befitting or becoming a priest

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a priest or priests; sacerdotal: as, the priestly office.
  • Befitting a priest: as, priestly sobriety and purity of life.

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

  • adj. befitting or characteristic of a priest or the priesthood
  • adj. associated with the priesthood or priests


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  • And since at least a third of the buildings he excavated in the southwest corner of the mound appeared to be shrines, Mellaart decided that he must have been digging in what he called a priestly quarter of the settlement.

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  • Despite his later role in priestly garb, he was Jewish.

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  • Following a link from juliansinger, who was pointing out that a Cardinal calls the Eucharist a gift not a right, I was more amused by the general thrust of the article discussing the priest shortage and reaffirmed conviction in priestly celibacy.

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  • Note, Christ's prophetical office, as the divine Teacher, was especially exercised during His earthly ministry; His priestly is now from His first to His second coming; His kingly office shall be fully manifested at, and after, His second coming.

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  • Prosecutors on Wednesday presented what were called "priestly records," items seized during an April 2008 raid on the Yearning for Zion polygamist compound in rural West Texas.

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  • One is believed to have been written by a figure or group known as the "priestly" author, because of apparent connections to the temple priests in Jerusalem.

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  • You may be moved to learn that starting in the Middle Ages it became a tradition for parents to bless each child on Shabbat using the same fifteen-word priestly benediction that was used in the ancient temple service in Jerusalem.


  • Leviticus, it is characterized as the priestly document and known to criticism as P.

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  • They are all, he said, instituted by God, and all of them, no less than the so-called priestly office, are intended and able to serve God and one's neighbour.

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  • In this passage which contains the last reference of the so-called priestly document to Adam, we read that God created them male and female ... and called their name adam, in the day when they were created.

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