Definition of clergywoman in US English:



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

    • ‘The number of clergywomen in the United Methodist Church rose from 319 in 1977 to 3003 in 1994’
    • ‘There was once a time in America when all its writers seemed to be clergymen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The staff of the center set out to assess ordained ministry as it was lived out by clergywomen in the 90s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If talking to a friend or relative doesn't help, or is not an option, a clergyman may be helpful.’
    • ‘His obsession with evangelical Christianity made him want to become a clergyman like his father, so he tried to enroll in a theology school.’
    • ‘"I have always considered a clergyman as the father of a larger family than he is able to maintain" - from British writer Samuel Johnson.’
    • ‘Clergywomen show a willingness (often eagerness) to accept employment in those ministry positions that offer very low pay, few benefits, and few opportunities for advancement.’
    • ‘The Reverend Pinkerton of the Forest of Dean, a rural clergywoman, meticulously gathered all the offical reports.’
    • ‘There was very little social science literature on clergywomen when I first became interested.’
    • ‘It is quite lonely being one of the only clergywoman and you notice it more when you are the only woman in a room full of male clergy.’
    • ‘Cranham has had many clergymen, and, at last, one clergywoman.’
    • ‘Stratford clergymen solemnized three marriages in February.’
    • ‘After the clergywoman grilled the couple about their relationship, she wrote to them and said she thought marriage would be 'ill-advised'.’
    • ‘He was the son of a clergyman of great learning and virtue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the first clergywoman appeared in the United States, it was predicted by alarmists that men would be driven out of the pulpit by the new competition.’
    • ‘The reverand has been for a quarter of a century a clergyman in Hampshire.’
    • ‘It would be the responsibility of the clergyman him to the police.’
    • ‘They were staffed by clergymen ordained in the Church of England.’
    • ‘The preacher of the day on Tuesday was a prominent Methodist clergywoman.’
    • ‘Hhis father was probably an Italian nobleman, although he liked to hint he was the offspring of a high-ranking clergyman.’
    • ‘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 speaker at that occasion challenged clergywomen and laywomen to develop their own support system.’
    • ‘Most studies I've seen place clergywomen in lower salary brackets and smaller churches.’
    • ‘The celebrant will be one of the highest-ranking clergywomen in the Church of Ireland.’
    • ‘When a clergywoman preaches from a pulpit, she enters a space which has particular aesthetic value.’
    • ‘Before retiring in 1999, the clergywoman served for five years as the top staff executive for the Methodists' communications agency.’
    • ‘Unsmiling portraits of Victorian clergymen have been found in Ripon Cathedral appeared to offer little excitement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Diana Johnson MP last week met clergywomen from the East Riding.’
    • ‘As a clergywoman I confront many hard issues.’
    • ‘His father became a clergyman in middle age and moved to a rectory in Ballymoney.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some clergywomen have become successful by founding their own nondenominational churches.’
    • ‘Having divorced his mentally unstable wife, he finds that his interest in the life of the clergyman has waned.’
    • ‘A deaconess is about to become the first Church of England clergywoman to marry a divorced man.’
    • ‘They ended up at the Lodging House, where he befriended theological students and dreamed of becoming a clergyman himself.’
    • ‘Two of the survivors were Christian clergymen, who underscore through their actions that Christian love and sacrifice are very important for many.’
    • ‘But despite the fact that he was an ordained clergyman of the Church of England, parish churches began to close their doors against him.’
    • ‘The clergyman participates in marriages chiefly as a witness.’
    • ‘A new clergyman appointed to a York parish is well-equipped to heal the sick without the power of prayer.’
    • ‘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.’