Definition of priesthood in English:

priesthood

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The office or position of a priest.

    ‘the ordination of women to the priesthood’
    • ‘He prepared for the priesthood in the Anglican Church at St Stephen's House, gaining a First in Theology.’
    • ‘Fr Frank was ordained to the priesthood on June 20 1954.’
    • ‘The first woman rabbi predated the entry of women into the priesthood by seventeen years and after a similar struggle for recognition.’
    • ‘In a bid to attract men to the priesthood, the Catholic Church here is increasingly tapping into the Internet.’
    • ‘He is the first prison inmate to become a candidate for ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church.’
    • ‘This year eight men will be ordained in Ireland to the priesthood of the Catholic Church.’
    • ‘Over the last ten years I think they've been very well received in dioceses that have started to ordain women to the priesthood.’
    • ‘Canon Richard Phillips celebrated the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood on the 14th June.’
    • ‘A diocesan spokesman, however, said neither man was on the track for the priesthood.’
    • ‘The next generation of women, they said, would not face such barriers to the priesthood.’
    • ‘Many years ago I felt the first stirring of a vocation to the priesthood.’
    • ‘Women were admitted to the priesthood in the Church of England in 1996.’
    • ‘Both of them were priests, although Paudie later left the priesthood, and took up a position as a teacher in Sligo.’
    • ‘In the absence of church or priesthood, the execution of the project was left to the uncertainties of lay enthusiasts.’
    • ‘About half those in training for the priesthood are now women.’
    • ‘The decision to ordain me to the priesthood was made because they needed a priest for West Point.’
    • ‘He attended a local church school and then went to train for the priesthood at the Orthodox Seminary in Tbilisi.’
    • ‘Eddie was a member of the De La Salle order before joining the Diocesan priesthood.’
    • ‘Most of the sons of the Hindu priests are not entering the priesthood, as they no longer find it remunerative.’
    • ‘The position of the church is that ordination to the priesthood makes one a priest forever.’
    1. 1.1Priests in general.
      ‘there was relief among the Anglican priesthood’
      • ‘I doubt if the model of priesthood represented by Don Ignazio can survive these changes.’
      • ‘The average age for someone entering the priesthood now is well in the forties.’
      • ‘When the call to religious life and priesthood made itself known to me, I moved directly to a Roman Catholic seminary.’
      • ‘These were followed by many more vocations to the religious life and to the priesthood.’
      • ‘Our congregations as a gathered priesthood meet for the purpose of being equipped for mission in the world.’
      • ‘I myself was a field doctor in the war before entering the priesthood.’
      • ‘Martin Luther's notion of the priesthood of all believers is particularly helpful here.’
      • ‘How could they have such an argument with someone who does not believe in religion or in priesthood?’
      • ‘For some time after its foundation, Manly was the only seminary in Australia preparing students for the secular priesthood.’
      • ‘Esler, a practising Catholic, says: " People aren't entering the priesthood.’
      • ‘Quiet and gentle, she had a strong faith throughout her life and had a great loyalty to the church and the priesthood.’
      • ‘These three were the most junior of the priesthood, and generally got the duff jobs.’
      • ‘Catholics typically have a very high esteem for priests and the priesthood.’
      • ‘Sir Stuart expected 240 men to join the priesthood, plus around 220 women.’
      • ‘I do not know whether or not we should have a married priesthood right now.’
      • ‘After making his vows with the community, he felt the deeper call to priesthood.’
      • ‘Marriage is a commitment to another person; priesthood is a commitment to a role in the church.’
      • ‘Now a senior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, I have been considering the priesthood for about two years.’
      • ‘The Buddhist priesthood became an extension of the feudal government.’
      • ‘Garrett's main argument for congregationalism is the priesthood of all believers.’

Pronunciation:

priesthood

/ˈpriːsthʊd/