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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRIESTLY

In all editions prior to 1852, 'Priestley' is spelled 'Priestly'.

This is the feeling of the priests, and the people are under the priestly thumb.

The father of Teresa Sandoval was the priestly son of a marquise of Spain!

O'Brien shook off the priestly hand, and fixed his eyes upon Seraphina.

In some parts the religion is personal and immediate; in others it is priestly.

No doubt there were germs in the early Iranian religion of a priestly system.

Secondly, the Greeks escaped the evils of priestly government.

Then, the efficiency of the priestly bookkeeping methods had become apparent.

The outer chamber was the daily scene of priestly ministration.

This was the Buddhist kaimyo, or priestly invocation to the spirit of the dead.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c.; see priest + -ly (1). Old English had preostlic, but the modern word seems to be a Middle English re-formation.

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