Definition of Jesuit

1. Noun. A member of the Jesuit order.

Group relationships: Jesuit Order, Society Of Jesus
Generic synonyms: Religious
Derivative terms: Jesuitic, Jesuitical

2. Adjective. Having qualities characteristic of Jesuits or Jesuitism. "Jesuitical education"
Exact synonyms: Jesuitic, Jesuitical
Partainyms: Jesuitism, Jesuitism, Jesuitism
Derivative terms: Jesuitism

Definition of Jesuit

1. n. One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus.

Definition of Jesuit

1. Noun. (Christianity) a member of the Society of Jesus ¹

2. Adjective. of, relating to, or characteristic of this society or its members ¹

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Definition of Jesuit

1. a crafty person [n -S]

Medical Definition of Jesuit

1. 1. One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus. The order consists of Scholastics, the Professed, the Spiritual Coadjutors, and the Temporal Coadjutors or Lay Brothers. The Jesuit novice after two years becomes a Scholastic, and takes his first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience simply. Some years after, at the close of a second novitiate, he takes his second vows and is ranked among the Coadjutors or Professed. The Professed are bound by a fourth vow, from which only the pope can dispense, requiring them to go wherever the pope may send them for missionary duty. The Coadjutors teach in the schools, and are employed in general missionary labors. The Society is governed by a General who holds office for life. He has associated with him "Assistants" (five at the present time), representing different provinces. The Society was first established in the United States in 1807. The Jesuits have displayed in their enterprises a high degree of zeal, learning, and skill, but, by their enemies, have been generally reputed to use art and intrigue in promoting or accomplishing their purposes, whence the words Jesuit, Jesuitical, and the like, have acquired an opprobrious sense. 2. A crafty person; an intriguer. Jesuits' bark, Peruvian bark, or the bark of certain species of Cinchona; so called because its medicinal properties were first made known in Europe by Jesuit missionaries to South America. Jesuits' drops. See Friar's balsam, under Friar. Jesuits' nut, the European water chestnut. Jesuits' powder, powdered cinchona bark. Jesuits' tea, a Chilian leguminous shrub, used as a tea and medicinally. Origin: F. Jesuite, Sp. Jesuita: cf. It. Gesuita. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Jesuit

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Colonies in America by John Andrew Doyle (1889)
"Much as he disliked the prospect, it was better to accept the restoration of the colony, even with a jesuit mission tacked on to it, than allow France to ..."

2. The Nineteenth Century (1885)
"The jesuit in".his normal state is absorbed in the work of individual direction: as ... As to poetry, the jesuit is for the most part without the leisure ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1893)
"A NOVEL BY A jesuit FATHER. THE Company of Jesus, in its divers ... The Order of jesuit Fathers has justly been called the Body-guard of the Pontiff. ..."

4. Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society by American Antiquarian Society (1921)
"AN EARLY ACCOUNT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF jesuit MISSIONS IN AMERICA BY HENRY F. DEPUY FEW subjects in American history have had more careful study from ..."

5. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"For North America: jesuit Relations and Allied Documents; Travels and Explorations of the jesuit Missionaries in New France, ed. RG Thwaites. ..."

6. The Magazine of American History with Notes and Queries by John Austin Stevens, Benjamin Franklin DeCosta, Martha Joanna Lamb, Henry Phelps Johnston, Nathan Gilbert Pond, William Abbatt (1879)
"THE PAPERS OF FATHER BRUYAS jesuit MISSIONARY TO CANADA 1689-90 Communicated by B. Fernow, late Keeper of the Archives of the State of New York PRELIMINARY ..."

7. Narrative and Critical History of America by Justin Winsor (1884)
"THE main bibliographical sources for this study pertain to the jesuit missions, ... 49, that no library (1870-71) has a complete set of the jesuit Relations ..."

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