Definition of high priest in English:

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high priest

Pronunciation: /ˈˌhī ˈprēst/


1A chief priest of a non-Christian religion, in particular.
Example sentences
  • The high priests of ancient Egypt knew that gold was special; it has taken six millennia to appreciate why.
  • The ancient Egyptians were known to have worshipped meteorites and the high priests and members of the various royal families wore small pieces of them as jewellery.
  • The Indian-born daughter of a Zoroastrian high priest left £500,000 in her will for a new community hall at The Guildhall.
1.1The chief priest of the historic Jewish religion.
Example sentences
  • It was the only day in the Jewish calendar when the high priest could enter the innermost room of the temple - the most holy place.
  • The two main characters involved in Jesus's death are Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, and Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest.
  • Jerusalem itself was governed by the Jewish high priest, who was responsible to a Roman prefect.
1.2The head of a religious cult or similar group.
Example sentences
  • The Druids, the high priests of the Celts, spent twenty years learning the traditions and oral lessons.
  • For support, Alonso relied on his family and, increasingly, on his babalawo, or Santerian high priest.
  • According to Chief Obadio, the high priest of Oduduwa in Ife, human sacrifice was offered to the deity in the past.
1.3A chief advocate of a belief or practice: the high priest of the drug culture
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  • But who could have foreseen that the man once known as the high priest of UK drugs culture would team up with the singer from the ultimate Scottish teenybop band?
  • As Pierre Boulez turns 80, some of the world's greatest composers give their verdict on the high priest of modernism
  • Kerr, the former 20-a-day man, is the high priest of this new ideology.

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