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priesthood

[preest-hoo d] /ˈprist hʊd/
noun
1.
the condition or office of a priest.
2.
priests collectively.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English presthed(e), presthod(e), Old English prēosthād. See priest, -hood
Related forms
antipriesthood, adjective
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priesthood

n.

Old English preosthad; see priest + -hood.

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