Anticlergy

clergy

[klur-jee]
noun, plural clergies.
the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.

Origin:
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.


See collective noun.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To anticlergy
Collins
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

clergy
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature