reverend

Use the noun reverend to talk about a clergy member of a Christian church, as in: "Let's ask the reverend if she'll marry us next week."

A minister, preacher, or priest can each also be called a reverend. The word is often capitalized, especially when it's used in the form "the Reverend so-and-so." In the early 15th century, it meant "worthy of respect," a meaning that's sometimes still used today, and by the late part of that century it was being used for clergy members too, though it was earliest spelled reverent.

DEFINITIONS OF: reverend

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adj worthy of adoration or reverence

Synonyms:
sublime
sacred
concerned with religion or religious purposes

n a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church

Synonyms:
clergyman, man of the cloth
Antonyms:
layman, layperson, secular
someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
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Henry Ward Beecher
United States clergyman who was a leader for the abolition of slavery (1813-1887)
John Donne
English clergyman and metaphysical poet celebrated as a preacher (1572-1631)
John Keble
English clergyman who (with John Henry Newman and Edward Pusey) founded the Oxford movement (1792-1866)
Martin Luther King Jr.
United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
John Wesley
English clergyman and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)
Charles Wesley
English clergyman and brother of John Wesley who wrote many hymns (1707-1788)
Roger Williams
English clergyman and colonist who was expelled from Massachusetts for criticizing Puritanism; he founded Providence in 1636 and obtained a royal charter for Rhode Island in 1663 (1603-1683)
Aaron
(Old Testament) elder brother of Moses and first high priest of the Israelites; created the golden calf
Thomas a Kempis
German ecclesiastic (1380-1471)
Saint Ambrose
(Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)
Saint Anselm
an Italian who was a Benedictine monk; was archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109; one of the founders of scholasticism; best known for his proof of the existence of God
Saint Thomas a Becket
(Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)
Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmine
Italian cardinal and theologian (1542-1621)
Bishop Berkeley
Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)
Cesare Borgia
Italian cardinal and military leader; model for Machiavelli's prince (1475-1507)
Saint Bruno
(Roman Catholic Church) a French cleric (born in Germany) who founded the Carthusian order in 1084 (1032-1101)
John Bunyan
English preacher and author of an allegorical novel, Pilgrim's Progress (1628-1688)
Domingo de Guzman
(Roman Catholic Church) Spanish priest who founded an order whose members became known as Dominicans or Black Friars (circa 1170-1221)
Eusebius of Caesarea
Christian bishop of Caesarea in Palestine; a church historian and a leading early Christian exegete (circa 270-340)
William Franklin Graham
United States evangelical preacher famous as a mass evangelist (born in 1918)
Saint Ignatius
bishop of Antioch who was martyred under the Roman Emperor Trajan (died 110)
William Ralph Inge
English prelate noted for his pessimistic sermons and articles (1860-1954)
Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros
prelate who was the confessor of Isabella I and who was later appointed Grand Inquisitor (1436-1517)
St. John Chrysostom
(Roman Catholic Church) a Church Father who was a great preacher and bishop of Constantinople; a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-407)
St. Martin
French bishop who is a patron saint of France (died in 397)
Aimee Semple McPherson
United States evangelist (born in Canada) noted for her extravagant religious services (1890-1944)
Dwight Lyman Moody
United States evangelist (1837-1899)
John Henry Newman
English prelate and theologian who (with John Keble and Edward Pusey) founded the Oxford movement; Newman later turned to Roman Catholicism and became a cardinal (1801-1890)
Saint Nicholas
a bishop in Asia Minor who is associated with Santa Claus (4th century)
Armand Jean du Plessis
French prelate and statesman; principal minister to Louis XIII (1585-1642)
Oral Roberts
United States evangelist (born 1918)
William Ashley Sunday
United States evangelist (1862-1935)
Desmond Tutu
South African prelate and leader of the antiapartheid struggle (born in 1931)
Bishop Ulfilas
a Christian believed to be of Cappadocian descent who became bishop of the Visigoths in 341 and translated the Bible from Greek into Gothic; traditionally held to have invented the Gothic alphabet (311-382)
James Ussher
Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656)
William of Wykeham
English prelate and statesman; founded a college at Oxford and Winchester College in Winchester; served as chancellor of England and bishop of Winchester (1324-1404)
Stefan Wyszynski
Polish prelate who persuaded the Soviet to allow greater religious freedom in Poland (1901-1981)
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acolyte
someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
anagnost
a cleric in the minor orders of the Eastern Orthodox Church who reads the lessons aloud in the liturgy (analogous to the lector in the Roman Catholic Church)
archdeacon
(Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop
chaplain
a clergyman ministering to some institution
churchman, cleric, divine, ecclesiastic
a clergyman or other person in religious orders
curate, minister, minister of religion, parson, pastor, rector
a person authorized to conduct religious worship
deacon
a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
domine, dominee, dominie, dominus
a clergyman; especially a settled minister or parson
doorkeeper, ostiarius, ostiary
the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church
lector, reader
someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church
officiant
a clergyman who officiates at a religious ceremony or service
ordinand
a person being ordained
ordinary
a clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death
postulator
(Roman Catholic Church) someone who proposes or pleads for a candidate for beatification or canonization
preacher, preacher man, sermoniser, sermonizer
someone whose occupation is preaching the gospel
priest
a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
shepherd
a clergyman who watches over a group of people
subdeacon
a clergyman an order below deacon; one of the Holy Orders in the unreformed western Christian church and the eastern Catholic Churches but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church
vicar
(Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish
vicar
(Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel
altar boy
a boy serving as an acolyte
archpriest, hierarch, high priest, prelate, primate
a senior clergyman and dignitary
bishop
a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
canon
a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
celebrant
an officiating priest celebrating the Eucharist
prison chaplain
a chaplain in a prison
confessor
a priest who hears confession and gives absolution
domestic prelate
(Roman Catholic Church) a priest who is an honorary member of the papal household
evangelist, gospeler, gospeller, revivalist
a preacher of the Christian gospel
Father, Padre
`Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
hospital chaplain
a chaplain in a hospital
Holy Joe, military chaplain, padre, sky pilot
a chaplain in one of the military services
ministrant
someone who serves as a minister
Monsignor
(Roman Catholic Church) an ecclesiastical title of honor bestowed on some priests
ordainer
a cleric who ordains; a cleric who admits someone to holy orders
pardoner
a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences
pluralist
a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time
pontifex
a member of the highest council of priests in ancient Rome
priestess
a woman priest
thurifer
an acolyte who carries a thurible
vicar
a Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking clergyman
Type of:
spiritual leader
a leader in religious or sacred affairs
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