Definition of clergyman in English:

clergyman

noun

  • A male priest, minister, or religious leader, especially a Christian one.

    • ‘Hhis father was probably an Italian nobleman, although he liked to hint he was the offspring of a high-ranking clergyman.’
    • ‘Ariah begins as a stock character - the repressed, pale, clergyman's daughter, stiff-backed with pebbly green eyes and a talent for the piano.’
    • ‘Along with several couples, there were a group of five unattached girls and this unattached clergyman.’
    • ‘This autobiographical tale set in 1907 follows young Alexander and his sister Fanny as they struggle with their father's death and mother's hasty remarriage to an authoritarian clergyman.’
    • ‘There was once a time in America when all its writers seemed to be clergymen.’
    • ‘Nor did Morse's father, a prominent Massachusetts clergyman, have an artistic career in mind for his oldest son.’
    • ‘A Baptist clergyman from Boston said it was a man's Christian duty to make money because of the good you can do with the money earned.’
    • ‘On occasion, Evensong was conducted by a thrice-retired diminutive clergyman from the Ministry of Healing.’
    • ‘His father became a clergyman in middle age and moved to a rectory in Ballymoney.’
    • ‘Unsmiling portraits of Victorian clergymen have been found in Ripon Cathedral appeared to offer little excitement.’
    • ‘Well, a chaplain, by anybody's dictionary, is a person - clergyman or layman - who conducts a service in a chapel.’
    • ‘They were staffed by clergymen ordained in the Church of England.’
    • ‘Having divorced his mentally unstable wife, he finds that his interest in the life of the clergyman has waned.’
    • ‘In the wake of the demise of the Roman Empire, European peasants, nobles and clergyman had to literally remake their lives.’
    • ‘The heroes that emerge are not scientists and bomber pilots but rather the doctors and clergymen who tend the wounded and injured, and the victims who somehow manage to live on.’
    • ‘The Pledge, itself, came along slightly more than a century ago, the work of a socialist editor and clergyman.’
    • ‘Its protagonist, an earnest but questioning clergyman, resigns his orders for a life of social service in the East End, to the distress of his devout wife Catherine.’
    • ‘As the perpetual curate, he was in charge of a large if slightly unruly parish; evidence suggests that he was an active and conscientious clergyman.’
    • ‘The clergyman participates in marriages chiefly as a witness.’
    • ‘The son of a Church of Ireland clergyman, he emigrated in 1875 as a graduate in law from Trinity College, Dublin.’
    • ‘It would be the responsibility of the clergyman him to the police.’
    • ‘The 40-year-old clergyman is fired up with enthusiasm for his new post.’
    • ‘This was reflected in such pictures as Pastor Hall (1940), a film based on a true story of a clergyman who speaks out against the nation's rulers.’
    • ‘I search my memory bank and remember that some Lutheran clergyman were taken to camps during the war.’
    • ‘The feature tries to touch on some of the more controversial points of the Gospels that have been fiercely debated by academics and clergymen over the years.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that his father was a landowner, town councillor, and clergyman we hear of no attempt to rescue or ransom the captive.’
    • ‘But despite the fact that he was an ordained clergyman of the Church of England, parish churches began to close their doors against him.’
    • ‘One New Orleans clergyman, whose home was flooded, refused to attend.’
    • ‘Walker, an elderly Church of Ireland clergyman, was the heart and soul of Londonderry's resistance to James II after the Glorious Revolution.’
    • ‘The reverand has been for a quarter of a century a clergyman in Hampshire.’
    • ‘A new clergyman appointed to a York parish is well-equipped to heal the sick without the power of prayer.’
    • ‘Two of the survivors were Christian clergymen, who underscore through their actions that Christian love and sacrifice are very important for many.’
    • ‘They ended up at the Lodging House, where he befriended theological students and dreamed of becoming a clergyman himself.’
    • ‘If it's a clergy person, that's fine, but no clergyman has to perform it if it's against their religion, or it can be a justice of the peace.’
    • ‘If talking to a friend or relative doesn't help, or is not an option, a clergyman may be helpful.’
    • ‘Written in 1855, it tells the story of a middle class clergyman's daughter who leaves Hampshire to start a new life in the northern industrial town of Milton.’
    • ‘My rabbi in Brooklyn, who is a national Jewish leader, probably did not know a single Christian clergyman on a first-name basis.’
    • ‘Jane is sent to Lowood Institution, a charitable, cheap and strictly kept school for clergyman's daughters.’
    • ‘A consistory court has the power to hear against any Anglican clergyman or woman a charge of ‘conduct unbecoming a clerk in holy orders’.’
    • ‘He was the son of a clergyman of great learning and virtue.’
    • ‘A famous author and clergyman once said: ‘Bigotry warps the soul by shutting out the truth.’’
    • ‘His obsession with evangelical Christianity made him want to become a clergyman like his father, so he tried to enroll in a theology school.’
    • ‘Stratford clergymen solemnized three marriages in February.’
    • ‘The widespread practice by which lay owners of advowsons nominally appointed a clergyman to several benefices at the same time, while the income from the benefices remained almost totally in their own hands, became illegal.’
    • ‘"I have always considered a clergyman as the father of a larger family than he is able to maintain" - from British writer Samuel Johnson.’
    priest, churchman, man of the cloth, man of god, cleric, minister, preacher, chaplain, father
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Pronunciation

clergyman

/ˈklərdʒimən//ˈklərjēmən/