religious leader

Definitions of religious leader
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n 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
Type of:
leader
a person who rules or guides or inspires others
religious person
a person who manifests devotion to a deity

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