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  • adj. Not priestly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unsuitable to or unbecoming a priest.

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

  • adj. not priestly; unbefitting a priest


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un- +‎ priestly


  • Scandalized by the riches of the higher clergy, by the sight of so many priests living unpriestly lives, they formed themselves into a little Protestant community before the time of Protestantism was yet come.


  • Higher orders were expressed by moving the hands up and down the body—with a rather unpriestly image to represent 90,000: “grasp your loins with the left hand, the thumb towards the genitals,” Bede wrote.


  • This Catholic priest with a large TV following was seen being, well, unpriestly, with a young woman on a beach.

    CNN Transcript May 7, 2009

  • The tall man made her an elegant bow, a most unpriestly gesture, Isabel thought.

    My Demon's Kiss

  • Cork could also hear Father Kelsey mumble and groan and occasionally toss in an unpriestly expletive.


  • Instead of worrying about my husband's unpriestly obsessions, I should have been hoping it would sustain him longer than Walter's study group.


  • The two assistants scrambled to prop it back up again, one of them swearing with a most unpriestly set of oaths and tone to his voice.


  • This came from a male rebel, gray at the temples and wearing the brown robe of a disciple of Ulla, cinched now at the waist with an unpriestly sword-belt.

    Conan The Warlord

  • [19] Father Coughlin was finally reprimanded by the Vatican for his unpriestly attacks upon the President.

    Secret Armies The New Technique of Nazi Warfare

  • How could the Church keep itself unspotted from the world when its highest officers were chosen by laymen and were compelled to perform unpriestly duties?

    Early European History


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