noun, plural clergies.
the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.

1175–1225; Middle English clerge, clergie < Old French clergé (< Late Latin clericātus office of a priest; see cleric, -ate3), clergie, equivalent to clerc cleric + -ie -y3, with -g- after clergé

clergylike, adjective
anticlergy, adjective
proclergy, adjective

clergy, cleric, imam, minister, pastor, priest, rabbi.

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clergy (ˈklɜːdʒɪ)
n , pl -gies
the collective body of men and women ordained as religious ministers, esp of the Christian ChurchRelated: clerical, pastoral
Related: clerical, pastoral
[C13: from Old French clergie, from clerc ecclesiastic, clerk]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, clergie "office or dignity of a clergyman," from two O.Fr. words: 1. clergie "clerics, learned men," from M.L. clericatus, from L. clericus (see clerk); 2. clergie "learning," from clerc, also from L. clericus.
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