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There are many uneducated preachers who move the classes the clergy cannot touch.

I am, myself, as great an enemy to the luxury and splendour of the clergy as he can be.

The treating of bishops and clergy is often noticed in the accounts.

Well would it be if all the clergy were as sweet-tempered as that Bishop of Helstonleigh!

The Prefect of the Department, the Bishop, the clergy, objected to her story.

Some of our clergy have slipt in by stealth now and then; but they have got up a farce of their own.

Last of all came the Chapter of our Lady's Church, with all their clergy, scholars, and treasurers.

Here the clergy of the diocese may come and consult the volumes.

There were also two kinds of clergy, parish priests and monks.

The clergy seemed to form another class because there were so many of them.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, clergie "office or dignity of a clergyman," from two Old French words: 1. clergié "clerics, learned men," from Medieval Latin clericatus, from Late Latin clericus (see clerk); 2. clergie "learning, knowledge, erudition," from clerc, also from Late Latin clericus. Meaning "persons ordained for religious work" is from c.1300.

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