the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.
After the initial shock, a lightbulb came on among the clergy.
The Neighboring Movement: A Simple, Radical Idea Joshua DuBois May 4, 2013
Friday speech by different government organizations and some members of the clergy.
Memo from the Streets of Tehran, Part III Parvez Sharma June 19, 2009
Ultra-Orthodox Jews, including children as young as 8, spit at members of the clergy on a daily basis, Rev. Pizzaballa said.
Vatican Official Blasts Extremists in Israel After Monastery Attack The Telegraph September 8, 2012
He has the right to visit with clergy, but had not requested any.
Waiting for the Firing Squad Pia Ringheim Jensen June 16, 2010
Everyone in the secular press has their favorite, and they are easily wined and dined as much as the clergy.
Pope Fever Grips Rome Barbie Latza Nadeau March 3, 2013
No President, probably, was ever so much annoyed by the clergy as Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian? John B. Remsburg
Well would it be if all the clergy were as sweet-tempered as that Bishop of Helstonleigh!
The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
But our clergy have prayers to be feared by the upholders of wrong.
Charles Sumner; his Complete Works, v. 4-20 Charles Sumner
The Prefect of the Department, the Bishop, the clergy, objected to her story.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola
The great quarrel between the parliament and the clergy was then at its height.
The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete Jean Jacques Rousseau
noun (pl) -gies
the collective body of men and women ordained as religious ministers, esp of the Christian Church related adjectives clerical pastoral
c.1200, clergie “office or dignity of a clergyman,” from two Old French words: 1. clergié “clerics, learned men,” from Medieval Latin clericatus, from Late Latin clericus (see clerk); 2. clergie “learning, knowledge, erudition,” from clerc, also from Late Latin clericus. Meaning “persons ordained for religious work” is from c.1300.
opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs. Contemporary Examples The Vatican has also defended the pontiff, calling the charges a fantasy of “the anticlerical left.” Siete Things to Know About Pope Francis & Argentina’s Dirty War Rob Verger March 14, 2013 How did it become […]
of, like, pertaining to, or expressing . Contemporary Examples And the report is anticlimactic in political terms because the damage has been done. Christie, Not Quite Dead Yet Michael Tomasky March 26, 2014 Keeping the name in the headlines for the next few years would feel sort of anticlimactic. The Last Dick Michael Schaffer December […]
an event, conclusion, statement, etc., that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected. a descent in power, quality, dignity, etc.; a disappointing, weak, or inglorious conclusion: After serving as president, he may find life in retirement an anticlimax. a noticeable or ludicrous descent from lofty ideas or expressions to banalities or commonplace remarks: […]
an anticlinal rock structure. Historical Examples We must lean together in the common struggle of life: the syncline is stronger than the anticline. The Upward Path Various An arch of strata like this , such as the one we are looking at, is called an anticline. The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight J. […]