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1The position or office of high priest; the state or fact of being high priest.
2The high priests of a particular religion or sphere considered collectively.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Biblia: the Bible. From high priest + -hood, after priesthood.
high priesthood/ˌhʌɪ ˈpriːsthʊd/
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