cleric

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From Latin clēricus, from Ancient Greek κληρικός (klērikos), from κλῆρος (klēros, a casting lots, drawing lots), (Europe; many officers at Athens obtained their offices by lot, as opposed to election [Liddell and Scott]), from Proto-Indo-European *kald-, *klād- (timber, log), from Proto-Indo-European *kola-, *klā- (to beat, hew, break, destroy, kill).

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cleric (plural clerics)

  1. A clergy member.

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