high priest


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n high priest a senior clergyman and dignitary
    • n high priest a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrine "he's the high priest of contemporary jazz"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: High Priests in ancient Egypt were the only ones who were allowed to wear garments made from cotton
    • High priest (Eccl) A chief priest; esp., the head of the Jewish priesthood.
    • High priest See in the Vocabulary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Egypt, the only person who was allowed to wear cotton was the High Priest
    • High priest a chief priest, esp. the chief ecclesiastical officer in the ancient Jewish church
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  • William Blake
    “Embraces are cominglings from the head even to the feet, and not a pompous high priest entering by a secret place.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. preóst (O. Fr. prestre, Fr. prêtre)—L. presbyter, an elder.


In literature:

Where is the letter of the High Priest of Amon which should be in your hand?
"The Treasury of Ancient Egypt" by Arthur E. P. B. Weigall
So the other disciple, who was known unto the high priest, went out and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
"His Life" by William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
I have laid it before our compassionate High-priest, I have requested direction.
"The Power of Faith" by Isabella Graham
Then the high priest cried aloud, and ran forward and seized a brand from the sacred fire.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
The judges were awakened at midnight; the Jewish High Priests that they might accuse Him, the heathen judges that they might condemn Him.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
But, once within the city, he must not quit its refuge until the death of the high priest.
"Mother Stories from the Old Testament" by Anonymous
The subtle, silent will of the High Priest mentally commanded the presence of the departed spirit of Sarthia.
"Within the Temple of Isis" by Belle M. Wagner
It represents the translators as Jewish elders sent by the high priest from Jerusalem.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
The king appears to have continued to be a sort of high priest, and to have officiated at certain times and occasions.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 6 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
A high priest spoke to Kathlyn.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath

In poetry:

And suddenly I know that now
The priest within, with shining brow,
Lifts high the small round of the Host.
The server's tingling bell is lost
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
Christ is the priest, who now on high
Resides, and with incessant cry
A constant intercession makes,
And sheds his heart's-blood for our sakes.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
They press'd around that aged priest,
As he rais'd the crucifix on high !
And they look'd for nothing now to come,
But that they all must die !...
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
"Ha!" the king cried, smiling blandly;
"Ha!" the trumpets answered grandly.
Proudly priest whirled, knife on high,
While the maiden bowed—to die.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
And though awhile He be
Hid from the eyes of men,
His people look to see
Their great High Priest again.
In brightest glory He will come,
And take His waiting people home.
"The atoning work is done," by Thomas Kelly
The atoning work is done,
The Victim's blood is shed;
And Jesus now is gone
His people's cause to plead:
He lives in heaven their great High Priest,
And bears their names upon His breast.
"The atoning work is done," by Thomas Kelly

In news:

Directed by the high-priest of tough-guy mysticism, buddy-manhunt-caper flick pivots on a neat series of reversals.
Film writer, dining critic examine doc on a high priest of cuisine.
A priest who works at Helias High School has been put on leave while authorities investigate information that was found on his school computer.
HUXLEY From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest.
Formula One driver Ayrton Senna is the high priest of speed in ' Senna '.
What better way to begin than with the high priest of US queer theater, Tennessee Williams .
The district attorney's office has now called seven witnesses and perhaps her final witness in the high-profile priest beating case in San Jose.
The attorney of a former high school student who settled an abuse lawsuit says the Fort Worth priest he accused will no longer be able to work with children.
"My prayer is that it's a real hopeful book," said Bradley, 57, now a chaplain at San Mateo's prestigious Serra High School and priest in residence at nearby St Gregory's Catholic Church.
If funk was a religion, George Clinton would be its high priest.
Dylan, Judas Priest get high marks.
Judas Priest's best-selling and highly influential album 'Screaming for Vengeance' — best known for the breakthrough hit 'You've Got Another Thing Comin — turns 30 years old today (July 17).
What's new: 'When High Priests Take Over the Nursery : A Collection of Honest Jon Comics'.
A Priest River high school football player's injury brings the concussion debate close to home.
I had high hopes for the report, whose authors claim to be "entrusted as 'ambassadors of Christ'" with a voice "which is priestly, prophetic , and pastoral.

In science:

In the early 1960s, Benoit Mandelbrot4 (now famous as the grandfather of fractals) and Eugene Fama5 (now famous as the high priest of efficient market theory) presented empirical evidence that f was a stable Levy distribution.
Physicists attempt to scale the ivory towers of finance