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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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  • 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

priesthood

/ˈpriːstˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state, order, or office of a priest
2.
priests collectively
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Word Origin and History for priesthood
n.

Old English preosthad; see priest + -hood.

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