Arch-priest

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Arch-priest a chief priest: in early times, a kind of vicar to the bishop—later, a rural dean: the title given to the superiors appointed by the Pope to govern the secular priests sent into England from the foreign seminaries during the period 1598-1621
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. arce, ærce, through L. from Gr. archi, cog. with arch-ein, to begin.

Usage

In literature:

At the end of the arch of swords, the old priest stood and gave a sign to one man after another.
"The Lost Prince" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Down came the ponderous arches, the stately columns, the massive walls, the lofty spires, tumbling upon the heads of priests and people.
"The San Francisco Calamity" by Various
His Majesty's chaplain delivered the body to the arch-priest.
"The Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Constant
He was the arch-priest of all sensationalism in the guise of logic.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
The learned regarded him as an oracle; and even the priests confessed that he knew more than the old arch-magi Yebor.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
The British government frowned upon the introduction of priests from France, still Britain's arch-enemy.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
There are also arch-priests, priests, deacons, and monks.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
So at last the end drew so nigh that one twilight time the priest came out of the great arched door that is next it.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
As though wary of advancing, the arch priest paused in the doorway, not three feet from where Nelson stood poised for action.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The arch-priest, who, through all this scene had remained stupefied for a time, as well he might, at length broke silence.
"Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II" by Alexander Huth
The learned regarded him as an oracle; and even the priests confessed that he knew more than the old arch-magi Yebor.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
Teresa accompanied the priest to the outer arch, while Lucius went back to the room of his friend.
"The Spanish Cavalier" by Charlotte Maria Tucker
The arch-priest of the Russian Church in Paris was at this period the Pope Joseph Wasilieff, an old man full of wit and kindness.
"Artist and Model" by René de Pont-Jest
The man once a priest led his wife beneath an historic arch of the long gallery.
"The Higher Court" by Mary Stewart Daggett
During this, the Musick play'd Anthems, and the Cardinal Arch-priest read several Prayers.
"The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume II" by Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz
Doctor Gozzi, his former teacher at Padua, now become Arch-Priest of St. George of the Valley, and his sister Betting.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, and, after serving at almost every post in that body, became its High Priest from 1862 to 1864.
"Sketches of Successful New Hampshire Men" by Various
An assistant priest and a barefooted Mexican altar-boy stood framed in the arch of the ancient portal.
"Mariposilla" by Mary Stewart Daggett
The Timotheans murdered the arch-priest of the opposite party.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
The Druids of Gaul were subject to an Arch-Druid, who was, like the Jewish High Priest, elected for life.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy
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In poetry:

One blow hurls Arch-priest to quiver
Headless, in his beloved river,
In the twinkling of an eye,
All the rest are dead, or fly.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore