Definition of Jesuit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛz(j)ʊɪt/


A member of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests founded by St Ignatius Loyola, St Francis Xavier, and others in 1534, to do missionary work. The order was zealous in opposing the Reformation. Despite periodic persecution it has retained an important influence in Catholic thought and education.
Example sentences
  • In some ways they were only doing what the Jesuits and other Catholics had done for 150 years.
  • History tells us that in the sixteenth century Ignatius Loyola decreed that henceforth all priests of the Jesuit order must wear a collar.
  • This book is an anthology of personal prayers by Jesuits from the Society's beginning down to the present day.


From French jésuite or modern Latin Jesuita, from Christian Latin Iesus (see Jesus).

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