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[preest-hoo d] /ˈprist hʊd/
the condition or office of a priest.
priests collectively.
Origin of priesthood
before 900; Middle English presthed(e), presthod(e), Old English prēosthād. See priest, -hood
Related forms
antipriesthood, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for priesthood
  • These were, after all, the basis of the electrode caps worn by the cult priesthood.
  • In fact, those privileged few drinking a cup of the dark elixir were likely members of the high priesthood or royalty.
  • The patent bar is a priesthood with its own secret dialect, intelligible only to initiates.
  • To sample the cuisine of the priesthood, this famous restaurant is it.
  • Having prepared himself for holy orders, he was promoted to the priesthood.
  • Returning home, they were promoted to the priesthood, and governed considerable churches.
  • Clearly these conclusions do not of themselves suffice to explain the peculiar rule of succession to the priesthood.
  • The dreadful weight of the priesthood affrights me beyond measure, especially the charge of conferring orders.
  • And then he declared his resolution both to marry and to enter into the sacred orders of priesthood.
  • They have been the foes of the priesthood, and have often sought to lessen its power and destroy its influence.
British Dictionary definitions for priesthood


the state, order, or office of a priest
priests collectively
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Word Origin and History for priesthood

Old English preosthad; see priest + -hood.

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