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    Cool priesthood & priestliness

    Hi,

    Can "priesthood" be synonym of "priestliness" ?

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    Re: priesthood & priestliness

    No. "Priesthood" is a noun meaning the collected ordained priests of a particular religion. "Priestliness" is a back-formed noun derived from the adjective "priestly" which means "like a priest." A person who is non-religious may behave like a priest and therefore have priestliness but not be a member of the priesthood.

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    #3

    Re: priesthood & priestliness

    "His being part of the royal priesthood demands him to show priestliness in his ways."
    * Is this acceptable?

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    #4

    Cool Re: priesthood & priestliness

    Could you give a few more examples using the word "priestliness" ?

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    #5

    Re: priesthood & priestliness

    Well, I just can't do that. I'm asking questions too...

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    Cool Re: priesthood & priestliness

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Well, I just can't do that. I'm asking questions too...
    It was addressed to the teachers

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    #7

    Re: priesthood & priestliness

    Priestliness is an awkward, cobbled-together word that I would never use. If I wanted to describe priestliness in a negative way I would use sanctimony, if I wanted to describe it in a positive way, I would use piety. Neither of those words mean "like a priest," but then not all priests are alike. If I wanted to say that someone behaved like a priest and that behavior was annoying, I would say that I'm annoyed by his priest-like behavior.

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