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Definition of "high priest" []

  • Judaism A chief priest, especially of the ancient Levitical priesthood. By tradition this office was restricted to men. (noun)
  • Mormon Church A priest of the Melchizedek order. By tradition this office is restricted to men. (noun)
  • The head or chief proponent, as of a movement or doctrine. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "high priest" in a sentence
  • "Visionary and fraudster, the prince whom Lord Cromer called “the great high priest of Sham” was the first great kleptocrat of modern African history.2"
  • "The emperor was the great high priest of the nation."
  • "Serapis A peculiarly hybrid god invented for the citizens of Alexandria by its first Ptolemy and the then high priest of Ptah, one Manetho."