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Jesuitical

or Jesuitic

[jezh-oo-it-i-kuh l, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-] /ˌdʒɛʒ uˈɪt ɪ kəl, ˌdʒɛz u-, ˌdʒɛz yu-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Jesuits or Jesuitism.
2.
(often lowercase) practicing casuistry or equivocation; using subtle or oversubtle reasoning; crafty; sly; intriguing.
Origin of Jesuitical
1590-1600
1590-1600; Jesuit + -ical
Related forms
Jesuitically, adverb
anti-Jesuitic, adjective
anti-Jesuitical, adjective
anti-Jesuitically, adverb
un-Jesuitic, adjective
un-Jesuitical, adjective
un-Jesuitically, adverb
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  • And thus, my friend, did I find myself allied to the Jesuitical party.

    Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
  • And have you forgotten that sleepwalking affair—all Jesuitical!

  • "Mysterious, if not Jesuitical," murmured Beverley; but the clergyman affected not to hear.

  • “That depends on circumstances,” returned the Rabbi in Jesuitical wise.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • There is possibly a Jesuitical mental reservation contained in the words "mechanical means."

  • The system of casuistry was one not solely of Jesuitical invention.

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • These Jesuitical associations are hotbeds of treason and intrigue!

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • He told me of your hellish machinations; your Jesuitical plots; your schemes.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Charles was too angry and too honourable to listen to the Jesuitical insinuation, and war was the word.

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