Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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Examples

  • 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.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • 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.

    October 4th, 2005

  • 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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  • 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.

    Tech tools tackle Biblical scholarship

  • 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.

    THE BLESSING OF A SKINNED KNEE

  • 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.

    THE BLESSING OF A SKINNED KNEE

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

    Introduction to the Old Testament

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