presbyter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n presbyter an elder in the Presbyterian Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Presbyter (Presbyterian Ch) A member of a presbytery whether lay or clerical.
    • Presbyter A Presbyterian.
    • Presbyter An elder in the early Christian church. See 2d Citation under Bishop n., 1.
    • Presbyter (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch) One ordained to the second order in the ministry; -- called also priest. "I rather term the one sort presbyter than priest.""New presbyter is but old priest writ large."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n presbyter An elder; a priest; specifically, in hierarchic churches, a minister of the second order, between the bishop and the deacon.
    • n presbyter In zoology, a monkey of the genus Presbytes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Presbyter prez′bi-tėr an elder, a priest: a minister or priest in rank between a bishop and a deacon: a member of a presbytery
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. an elder, fr. Gr. . See Priest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. presbyteros, comp. of presbys, old.

Usage

In literature:

The authority of Councils, Synods, Bishops, and Presbyters, is human.
"Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John" by Isaac Newton
And we, sir, are strong enough to make Parliament accept that, but Parliament can never make us accept the tyranny of the Presbyters.
"Oliver Cromwell" by John Drinkwater
John the Presbyter, 503.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
I admit we would not be equals in the eye of the Presbyter.
"Hearts and Masks" by Harold MacGrath
By way of making the division permanent, he consecrated the presbyter Paulinus as bishop for the Eustathians.
"The Arian Controversy" by H. M. Gwatkin
Patrick left Presbyter Conaedh in Domnach-Airther-Maighe, in the territory of Hy-Briuin of the north.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
Butilianus, Presbyter, land allotment given by Theodoric to, in neighbourhood of Trient, ii.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The will of priest, and prince, and presbyter, and people, must be set aside in the presence of the will of her sole Sovereign.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
A. AIKEN, D.D., Presbyt'n.
"What is Darwinism?" by Charles Hodge
It is rather presbyters, as in Ignatius, who are classed with the Apostles.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
For years the controversy may have been fermenting in the college of presbyters at Alexandria.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
As "Presbyter is priest writ large," so is "agnostic" the mere Greek equivalent for the Latin "infidel.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
After another hymn, the presbyter ascended the rostrum, and delivered an address.
"Jovinian" by W.H.G. Kingston
Call thou one of the elders (presbyters).
"St. Dionysius of Alexandria" by Bishop of Alexandria, Saint Dionysius
Or by St. Paul and the presbyters specially inspired to act as such?
"The Expositor's Bible: The Pastoral Epistles" by Alfred Plummer
His family had been Christians for generations; his great-grandfather was a presbyter.
"London Before the Conquest" by W. R. Lethaby
In the presbyter's creed, the third term was not yet incorporated, but still floated freely, diffused and impersonal.
"Studies of Christianity" by James Martineau
Where it cannot be had, presbyters may validly ordain.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
At Antioch in 379 he was ordained presbyter.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3" by Various
Vigilantius, a presbyter of Barcelona, still occupied the position of Tertullian and Lactantius in this matter.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

The Presbyt'ry appriz'd, pronounc'd him vain;
And, in sheer anger, summon'd him again.
The culprit made appearance in his gown,
And met the Reverend Fathers, and their frown.
"The Way Of Doing Penance" by William Hutton
'Squire Gordon, Lord of Feckill, must come forth,
To face the Presbyt'ry, and feel their wrath.
Unhappy case, alas! What man can stand
Against a troop well arm'd--he single-hand?
"The Way Of Doing Penance" by William Hutton

In news:

Becky Burton, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, has resigned.
Why are women excluded from being deacons, presbyters, and bishops in the Catholic Church.
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