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Etymology

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Borrowed from Late Latin clēricus, from Ancient Greek κληρικός (klērikós), from κλῆρος (klêros, a casting lots, drawing lots). Many officers at Athens obtained their offices by lot, as opposed to election (Liddell and Scott). Doublet of clerk.

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Noun

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cleric (plural clerics)

  1. A member of a clergy.
    Synonym: clergyperson
    Hyponyms: clergyman, clergywoman, (Christian) bishop, cardinal, churchman, curate, deacon, ecclesiastic, minister, parson, pastor, pope, preacher, prelate, presbyter, priest, rector, reverend, vicar, (Jewish) rabbi, (Muslim) imam, caliph, qadi, mufti, mullah, muezzin
    Holonym: clergy
  2. (roleplaying games) A spellcaster class that receives their spells (especially healing) from their deity.
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Descendants

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  • Welsh: clerigwr

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Adjective

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cleric (not comparable)

  1. (now uncommon) Of or pertaining to the clergy.
    Synonym: clerical

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Romanian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Latin clericus.

Noun

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cleric m (plural clerici)

  1. cleric

Declension

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