religious leader

Definitions of religious leader

n leader of a religious order

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(Islam) a messianic leader who (according to popular Muslim belief) will appear before the end of the world and restore justice and religion
an Ismaili caliph of Egypt who declared himself an incarnation of God and founded the Druze religious sect (985-1021)
Indian religious leader and founder of the Yogacara school of Buddhism in India (4th century)
(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)
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
a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher
each of the first ten leaders of the Sikh religion
Type of:
a person who rules or guides or inspires others
religious person
a person who manifests devotion to a deity

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