Cleric meaning

klĕrĭk
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A member of the clergy.
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A member of the clergy.
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Relating to the clergy or one of its members.
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A clergy member.
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Origin of cleric

  • Late Latin clēricus clerk

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin clēricus, from Ancient Greek κληρικός (klērikos), from κλῆρος (klēros, “a casting lots, drawing lots”), (Europe; many officers at Athens obtained their offices by lot, as opposed to election [Liddell and Scott]), from Proto-Indo-European *kald-, *klād- (“timber, log”), from Proto-Indo-European *kola-, *klā- (“to beat, hew, break, destroy, kill”).

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