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starets

[stahr-its, -yits] /ˈstɑr ɪts, -yɪts/
noun, plural startsy
[stahrt-see] /ˈstɑrt si/ (Show IPA).
Russian Orthodox Church
1.
a religious teacher or counselor.
Origin of starets
1915-1920
1915-20; < Russian stárets elder, derivative of stáryǐ old
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