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Definitions of clergy

  1. clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The body of men set apart, by due ordination, to the service of God, in the Christian church, in distinction from the laity; in England, usually restricted to the ministers of the Established Church. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Learning; also, a learned profession. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The privilege or benefit of clergy. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The whole body of ministers of the church. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The body of ministers of religion: persons connected with the clerical profession or the religious orders. "I found the clergy in general persons of moderate minds and decorous manners; I include the seculars and regulars of both sexes."-Burke. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. The ministers of the Gospel, collectively. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The body of men ordained to the Christian ministry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The body of men set apart by ordination for the service of religion in the Christian Church; the body of ecclesiasties in distinction from the laity. Benefit of clergy, originally the exemption of the persons of clergymen from criminal process before a secular judge, an immunity granted in certain cases to those who could read. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The body of men set apart to conduct the service of God in a Christian Church; ministers of the Established Church of a country. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. kl[.e]r'ji, n. the ministers of the Christian religion, as holders of an allotted office, in contradistinction to the laity.--adjs. CLER'GYABLE, CLER'GIABLE, entitled to or admitting of the benefit of clergy.--ns. CLER'GYMAN, one of the clergy, a regularly ordained minister; CLER'GY-WOM'AN, a woman belonging to a clergyman's family.--adjs. CLER'IC, -AL, belonging to the clergy: pertaining to a clerk.--ns. CLER'IC, a clergyman; CLER'ICALISM, undue influence of the clergy, sacerdotalism; CLER'ICATE, clerical position; CLERIC'ITY, state of being a clergyman; CLER'ISY, the class of learned men, scholars.--CLERGYMAN'S SORE THROAT, chronic pharyngitis.--BENEFIT OF CLERGY, originally an exemption of clergymen, in certain cases, from criminal process before a secular judge, but later covering the first offence of all who could read.--BLACK CLERGY, in Russia, the regular or monastic, as distinct from the secular or parochial, clergy. [Fr. clergé--L.,--Gr. kl[=e]rikos, from kl[=e]ros, a lot, then the clergy.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. The clerical order, all persons ordained for religious service (the c. usu. has pl. vb; a c., i.e. the c. of a country or church, has usu. sing. vb); clergymen (30 c. were present); (Hist.) membership of, learning proper to, c. (benefit of c., exemption from trial by secular court, & later from sentence for first conviction, enjoyed by all who could read); clergyman, ordained minister, esp. of Established Church; clergywoman, wife, daughter, &c., of clergyman, esp. if dominating parish. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. n. [Greek] [French] Men ordained for the public service of God; —the body of ordained ministers as distinguished from the laity. Cabinet Dictionary
  14. The body of men set apart by due ordination for the service of God. Complete Dictionary

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