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From Middle English presthed, presthede, presthod presthode, from Old English prēosthād (priesthood), equivalent to priest +‎ -hood. Compare Dutch priesterheid (priesthood).


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priesthood (countable and uncountable, plural priesthoods)

  1. The role or office of a priest.
  2. Priests as a group; the clergy.
  3. Authority to act in the name of God.


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