noun (plural clergymen or clergywomen)
- A male (or female) priest or minister of a Christian church.More example sentences
priest, churchman, churchwoman, man/woman of the cloth, man/woman of God, cleric, minister, preacher, chaplain, father; ecclesiastic, divine, theologian; Christianity bishop, pastor, vicar, rector, parson, (assistant) curate, deacon, deaconess; Judaism rabbi; Islam imam; Scottish kirkman; French abbé, curé; North American dominieAustralian • informal josser
- For example, one Episcopal clergywoman commented that ‘Clergy men tend to work for a hierarchical system from the top down.’
- Far more women clergy are single (divorced, widowed or never married) than their male counterparts, and many single clergywomen are also supporting children and/or aging parents.
- Ice finds in her interviews with clergywomen that most clergywomen say they want to intentionally increase awareness and knowledge of institutional injustice as part of their ministry.