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clergy

[klur-jee] /ˈklɜr dʒi/
noun, plural clergies.
1.
the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.
Origin
1175-1225
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
Related forms
clergylike, adjective
anticlergy, adjective
proclergy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-clergy

clergy

/ˈklɜːdʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
the collective body of men and women ordained as religious ministers, esp of the Christian Church related adjectives clerical pastoral
Word Origin
C13: from Old French clergie, from clerc ecclesiastic, clerk
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Word Origin and History for anti-clergy

clergy

n.

c.1200, clergie "office or dignity of a clergyman," from two Old French words: 1. clergié "clerics, learned men," from Medieval Latin clericatus, from Late Latin clericus (see clerk); 2. clergie "learning, knowledge, erudition," from clerc, also from Late Latin clericus. Meaning "persons ordained for religious work" is from c.1300.

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Encyclopedia Article for anti-clergy

clergy

a body of ordained ministers in a Christian church. In the Roman Catholic Church and in the Church of England, the term includes the orders of bishop, priest, and deacon. Until 1972, in the Roman Catholic Church, clergy also included several lower orders

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