religious leader

Definitions of religious leader
  1. noun
    leader of a religious order
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    Mahdi
    (Islam) a messianic leader who (according to popular Muslim belief) will appear before the end of the world and restore justice and religion
    Al-hakim
    an Ismaili caliph of Egypt who declared himself an incarnation of God and founded the Druze religious sect (985-1021)
    Asanga
    Indian religious leader and founder of the Yogacara school of Buddhism in India (4th century)
    Joshua
    (Old Testament) Moses' successor who led the Israelites into the Promised Land; best remembered for his destruction of Jericho
    Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini
    Iranian religious leader of the Shiites; when Shah Pahlavi's regime fell Khomeini established a new constitution giving himself supreme powers (1900-1989)
    Sun Myung Moon
    United States religious leader (born in Korea) who founded the Unification Church in 1954; was found guilty of conspiracy to evade taxes (born in 1920)
    Guru Nanak
    Indian religious leader who founded Sikhism in dissent from the caste system of Hinduism; he taught that all men had a right to search for knowledge of God and that spiritual liberation could be attained by meditating on the name of God (1469-1538)
    Charles Taze Russell
    United States religious leader who founded the sect that is now called Jehovah's Witnesses (1852-1916)
    Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
    United States religious leader who was the first person born in the United States to be canonized (1774-1821)
    Isaac Mayer Wise
    United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900)
    Stephen Samuel Wise
    United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949)
    Brigham Young
    United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877)
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    ayatollah
    a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well
    guru
    a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher
    Guru
    each of the first ten leaders of the Sikh religion
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    leader
    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
    religious person
    a person who manifests devotion to a deity
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