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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German pfaffe, from Old High German pfaffo, phaffo, from Latin, from Ancient Greek παπάς (papás). Cognate to Dutch paap.

NounEdit

Pfaffe m (genitive Pfaffen, plural Pfaffen)

  1. (now derogatory) cleric, clergyman

Usage notesEdit

The term was originally neutral, but since about the time of the Reformation it ceased to be used with any positive tone; usage today is derogatory.

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SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Pfaffe in Duden online
  • Pfaffe” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache