Definition of Priesthood

1. Noun. The body of ordained religious practitioners.

Generic synonyms: Profession
Specialized synonyms: Ministry, Rabbinate, Clergy
Derivative terms: Priest, Priest



Definition of Priesthood

1. n. The office or character of a priest; the priestly function.

Definition of Priesthood

1. Noun. The role or office of a priest ¹

2. Noun. Priests as a group; the clergy ¹

3. Noun. Authority to act in the name of God. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Priesthood

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Priesthood

priest-penitent privilege
priest-ridden
priestcap
priestcaps
priestcraft
priestcrafts
priestdom
priested
priesteries
priestery
priestess
priestesses
priestesshood
priestesshoods
priestesslike
priesthood (current term)
priesthoods
priesting
priestism
priestisms
priestless
priestlier
priestliest
priestlike
priestliness
priestlinesses
priestly
priests
prieve
prieved

Literary usage of Priesthood

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

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The Old Testament assumes a priesthood to be a universally established ... While there may have been connections between the priesthood of Yahweh founded by ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"THE JEWISH priesthood.—In the age of the Patriarchs the offering of sacrifices was the function of the father or head of the family ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The origin of the universal priesthood extends back, as is known, ... But the very text shows that the Apostle meant only a figurative priesthood, ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The origin of the universal priesthood extends back, as is known, ... But the very text shows that the Apostle meant only a figurative priesthood, ..."

5. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1887)
"PERHAPS the word " priesthood " in the title of this evening's subject may have ... If it were the priesthood of the clergy with which we had to deal, ..."

6. The Expositor edited by Samuel Cox, Sir W Robertson Nicoll, James Moffatt (1889)
"THE MINISTERIAL priesthood. WE have considered the general priesthood of believers under the New Testament dispensation; and, though there may be a ..."

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