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(n.) A presbyter elder; a minister
(n.) A presbyter; one who belongs to the intermediate order between bishop and deacon. He is authorized to perform all ministerial services except those of ordination and confirmation.
(n.) One who officiates at the altar, or performs the rites of sacrifice; one who acts as a mediator between men and the divinity or the gods in any form of religion; as, Buddhist priests.
(n.) One who is authorized to consecrate the host and to say Mass; but especially, one of the lowest order possessing this power.
(v. t.) To ordain as priest.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Priest'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/p/priest.html. 1828.