Definition of priestly in English:



  • Relating to or befitting a priest or priests.

    ‘performing priestly duties’
    • ‘There is something priestly about him, a lofty, ascetic air.’
    • ‘He's a strict vegetarian, and observes all the rules of personal purity necessary to do the priestly work.’
    • ‘He seemed to have expertise in science and finance as well as his priestly duties.’
    • ‘That sense found clear expression in his later poetry as he pondered the priestly vocation.’
    • ‘Bede's portrait of the pagan priest Coifi was influenced by Christian ideas about proper priestly conduct.’
    • ‘The Celt's priestly caste, the Druids, has become a part of modern folklore.’
    • ‘Kealy has always conducted himself in an exemplary priestly manner.’
    • ‘What can be done to restore the priestly and pastoral ministry of bishops to its position of primacy?’
    • ‘One cannot truly proclaim a prophetic word until a priestly word has first been spoken!’
    • ‘The women are taking over priestly and clerical duties, such as chaplaincies.’
    • ‘They recommend strongly against the return of a few to any kind of priestly work.’
    • ‘His injuries were not serious and is likely to be back at his priestly duties in the near future.’
    • ‘The parish is grateful to him for his presence amongst us, his spiritual anecdotes and his untiring priestly zeal for our spiritual welfare.’
    • ‘My father used his black graduation robe from rabbinical seminary as his priestly garb.’
    • ‘There are calls to do away with clerical celibacy and admit women to priestly functions.’
    • ‘Zechariah performs his priestly service at the geographical center of Jewish piety, the temple.’
    • ‘He will be returning to Orlando where he will be continuing his priestly duties.’
    • ‘Many of these men are able and willing to resume priestly duties and functions.’
    • ‘The deification of the cow was undoubtedly linked with the rise of the priestly Brahmin caste in early Hinduism.’
    • ‘It was he said perhaps a thank you for help given in time of tragedies and difficulties which was only part of his priestly duties.’
    clerical, pastoral, priestlike, canonical, ecclesiastical
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Old English prēostlic (see priest, -ly).