man of the cloth

Definitions of man of the cloth
  1. noun
    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
    synonyms: clergyman, reverend
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    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)
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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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