Definition of "priesthood" []

  • The character, office, or vocation of a priest. (noun)
  • The clergy. (noun)
  • The state, order, or office of a priest (noun)

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  • Priests collectively (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "priesthood" in a sentence
  • "A must-read paper produced by Human Life International Research Director Brian Clowes has closed the book on the question of whether homosexuality in the priesthood is a root cause of the clerical sexual abuse crisis."
  • "But this our high priest continues for ever, and his priesthood is aparabaton -- an unchangeable one, that does not pass from one to another, as the former did; it is always in the same hand."
  • "The priesthood is a unique vocation, and it is unlike any career or profession."