Etymology
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priestly (adj.)

mid-15c., prēstli, "befitting a priest, like a priest in character or behavior;" see priest + -ly (1). From late 14c. as "of or pertaining to a priest." Old English had preostlic, but the modern word seems to be a Middle English re-formation.

updated on November 01, 2020

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Definitions of priestly from WordNet

priestly (adj.)
associated with the priesthood or priests;
priestly (or sacerdotal) vestments
Synonyms: hieratic / hieratical / sacerdotal
priestly (adj.)
befitting or characteristic of a priest or the priesthood;
priestly dedication to the people of his parish
Synonyms: priestlike
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