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a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (Society of Jesus) founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534.
(often lowercase) a crafty, intriguing, or equivocating person: so called in allusion to the methods ascribed to the order by its opponents.
of or relating to Jesuits or .
Contemporary Examples

As a onetime banker and former Jesuit seminarian, I can help!
How Pope Francis’s Management Strategies Could Fix Wall Street Chris Lowney January 25, 2014

They either asked to leave the Jesuit order or Bergoglio expelled them or both.
Pope Francis Has Done Penance for His Lapse of Courage in Argentina Michael Daly March 18, 2013

Pope Francis attended Universidad del Salvador, a Jesuit institution in Buenos Aires.
Pope Francis Is a Jesuit: Seven Things You Need to Know About the Society of Jesus Caroline Linton March 13, 2013

“We get to live and work with a group of Jesuit scientists who take both science and faith very seriously,” he writes.
Pope Francis Asked ‘Would You Baptize an Alien?’ Here’s the Answer. Barbie Latza Nadeau September 25, 2014

Cardinal Bergoglio became the first Latin American, first Jesuit, and first Pope Francis in history on Wednesday.
Pope Francis I’s First Speech: The Full Text March 12, 2013

Historical Examples

There is a great Jesuit school for boys at the foot of the town by the river.
Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

But if the Jesuit notion be rejected, what are we to accept?
Fragments of science, V. 1-2 John Tyndall

Escobar, like so many of the chief Jesuit writers, was a Spaniard, born at Valladolid in 1589.
Pascal John Tulloch

If you were a Jesuit,” said she, “you would try to convert me.
Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes

After all, the Jesuit is really the most interesting person.
The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2 Elizabeth Bisland

a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (the Society of Jesus) founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola in 1534 with the aims of defending the papacy and Catholicism against the Reformation and to undertake missionary work among the heathen
(sometimes not capital) (informal, offensive) a person given to subtle and equivocating arguments; casuist

1540s, from Modern Latin Jesuita, member of the Society of Jesus, founded 1533 by Ignatius Loyola to combat Protestantism. Their enemies (in both Catholic and Protestant lands) accused them of belief that ends justify means, hence the sense “a dissembling person” (1630s), and jesuitical “deceitful” (1610s).


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