Priesthood



the condition or office of a .
collectively.
Contemporary Examples

If you are a man, and therefore a priesthood holder, it takes a council of 15 men to agree on excommunication.
Excommunication With a Smile: Mormon Feminist Kicked Out of the Church Emily Shire June 22, 2014

Nobody Knows demonstrates just how far black Mormons have come since the priesthood ban was lifted 33 years ago.
Mormons Wrestle With a Racist Past Lizzie Crocker August 1, 2011

For a lot of Mormon women, asking ‘Do you want the priesthood?’
Mormon Reformers Behind the ‘Zion Curtain’ Refuse to Be Silenced Kurt Opprecht August 2, 2014

His words will be interpreted as confirmation that he is not going to turn away gays in the priesthood.
The Pope Confesses Church’s ‘Obsession’ With Gays, Abortion Barbie Latza Nadeau September 18, 2013

“I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood,” he wrote to the man who is now Pope.
The Pope’s New Outrage Barbie Latza Nadeau March 25, 2010

Historical Examples

The few books used by the priesthood in our days, are obtained from Russia.
Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson

It would be vain for him to try to obliterate the traces of his priesthood.
Abbe Mouret’s Transgression Emile Zola

The Levites were still important personages, although degraded from the priesthood.
Expositor’s Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Walter Adeney

We of the priesthood of science saw the inevitable disaster.
The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg

The Church was declared to have become apostate, its priesthood was denounced as no priesthood, its sacraments as idolatry.
History of the English People, Volume II (of 8) John Richard Green

noun
the state, order, or office of a priest
priests collectively
n.

Old English preosthad; see priest + -hood.

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