Jesuitical

Jesuitical

[jezh-oo-it-i-kuhl, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Jesuits or Jesuitism.
2.
(often lowercase) practicing casuistry or equivocation; using subtle or oversubtle reasoning; crafty; sly; intriguing.
Also, Jesuitic.


Origin:
1590–1600; Jesuit + -ical

Jesuitically, adverb
anti-Jesuitic, adjective
anti-Jesuitical, adjective
anti-Jesuitically, adverb
un-Jesuitic, adjective
un-Jesuitical, adjective
un-Jesuitically, adverb
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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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