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Jesuit

[jezh-oo-it, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-]
noun
1.
a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (Society of Jesus) founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534.
2.
(often lowercase) a crafty, intriguing, or equivocating person: so called in allusion to the methods ascribed to the order by its opponents.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to Jesuits or Jesuitism.

Origin:
1550–60; < Neo-Latin Jēsuita, equivalent to Latin Jēsu(s) + -ita -ite1

anti-Jesuit, noun, adjective
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Jesuit (ˈdʒɛzjʊɪt)
 
n
1.  a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (the Society of Jesus) founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola in 1534 with the aims of defending the papacy and Catholicism against the Reformation and to undertake missionary work among the heathen
2.  informal, offensive (sometimes not capital) a person given to subtle and equivocating arguments; casuist
 
[C16: from New Latin Jēsuita, from Late Latin Jēsus + -ita-ite1]
 
Jesu'itic
 
adj
 
Jesu'itical
 
adj
 
Jesu'itically
 
adv

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Jesuit
1550, from Mod.L. Jesuita, member of the Society of Jesus, founded 1533 by Ignatius Loyola to combat Protestantism. Their enemies (in both Catholic and Protestant lands) accused them of belief that ends justify means, hence the sense "a dissembling person" (1640), and jesuitical "deceitful" (1613).
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