• WordNet 3.6
    • n clergyman a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Michelangelo's Last Judgment, which hangs on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, drew some harsh criticism from one of the Vatican's officials because of the nudity. So Michelangelo made some changes to his work: he painted in the face of the complaining clergyman and added a donkey's ears and a snake's tail.
    • n Clergyman An ordained minister; a man regularly authorized to preach the gospel, and administer its ordinances; in England usually restricted to a minister of the Established Church.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clergyman A member of the clergy; a man in holy orders; a man regularly authorized to preach the gospel and administer ordinances according to the rules of any particular denomination of Christians. In England the term is commonly restricted to ministers of the established church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Clergyman one of the clergy, a regularly ordained minister
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  • Henry Fielding
    “There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clergé—L.,—Gr. klērikos, from klēros, a lot, then the clergy.


In literature:

The mention of the clergyman's name seemed to transform my mother into another woman.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
But the old intimacy of relation which had once subsisted between the clergyman of Long Whindale and his parishioners was wholly gone.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Van Heerden had certainly hired the house furnished, probably from the clergyman or his widow.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
Her father is a clergyman like myself, so we are all in a boat together.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
The clergyman uttered, 'I will arise and go to my father.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
Old Roger Chillingworth, with a smile on his face, whispered something in the young clergyman's ear.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Her father was a very hard-working clergyman with a large family of eight children.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
The clergyman and I had an exquisitely clean little chamber of our own; and the rest of the party were quartered overhead.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The young clergyman was touched by a passing thought of the painter's notorious ill-health.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
As a parish clergyman, it was not likely that he should.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

'Twas the village clergyman,
And he sought them tenderly,
Gave them warm, soft clothes to wear.
Ordered shoes for Margery.
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates
"A clergyman who does not shirk
The various calls of Christian work,
Will have no leisure to employ
These 'common forms' of worldly joy.
"The Reverend Simon Magus" by William Schwenck Gilbert
As soon as thou art sick, without delay,
For some good clergyman expressly send,
Who may for thee to thy Creator pray,
And try to fit thee for thy latter end.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard
You thus before me did the question lay —
"Is any Clergyman allow'd to pray
For him, that is of sense and life bereft,
Whose soul already has his body left?"
"That It Is In Vain To Pray For The Dead" by Rees Prichard
Thy sin unto the clergyman confess,
And he will give thee salves that seldom fail,
Such as most likely will ensure success,
According to the nature of thy ail.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard
While others enlarge on the boiled and the roast,
He serves a raw clergyman up with a toast,
Or catches some doctor, quite tender and young,
And basely insists on a bit of his tongue.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Shortly before World War II began, a clergyman around 60 years of age would be registered by the office of Chancellor Adolf Hitler as the Nazi government's most dangerous enemy.
"Though our hearts break, we cannot flinch," a prominent clergyman declares.
A Bulgarian Orthodox clergyman has said stones should be thrown at parade marchers and that their political allies should be drowned.
Clergyman conman a wanted fugitive.
Powers fastest clergyman at AMS.
A controversial Florida pastor held another Koran-burning ceremony outside his church to protest the imprisonment of a Christian clergyman in Iran, The Gainesville Sun reported.
Florida pastor holds another Koran burning to protest imprisonment of Christian clergyman in Iran.
Petition delivered by Oklahoma City clergyman protests Hobby Lobby lawsuit.
Clergyman conman a wanted fugitive.
The jovial playful 17th century poet Robert Herrick, who wrote many poems about the pleases of drink, sex and the playful sensuous life, was also a clergyman.
Woodburn police arrested Perez Monday after the 12-year-old boy ran out of a parish-owned house, telling authorities the clergyman had fondled him.
English clergyman, essayist Sydney Smith (1771), American poet Robert Hillyer (1895), American poet Allen Ginsberg (1926), American novelist Larry McMurtry (1936).
Garfield is the only president who was actually a clergyman.
Clergyman allegedly abused teen in the '70s.
IN 1869, a young clergyman, the Rev.

In science:

To visualize what such an LMF compliant representation could look like, we provide below a verbatim representation of the ―clergyman‖ example from the LMF standard according to the principles stated above10.
TEI and LMF crosswalks
If we now move to the slightly more elaborate ―clergyman‖ example depicted in figure 4, the situation is hardly more complex and can be summarized by mean of the mapping table 1.
TEI and LMF crosswalks