high priest

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high priest (plural high priests)

  1. (religion) A clergyman with a higher function than a normal priest.
  2. In the Bible, the male individual who was responsible for making the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur); always a descendant of Aaron, the older brother of Moses.
  3. (Christianity) Jesus Christ.
  4. (Mormonism) The second-lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
    Jake was ordained a high priest when he was called to be a counselor in a bishopric.
  5. A person holding a position of power or influence; an authority in a field of study, doctrine, art or a movement.
  6. (Wicca) A second or third degree male witch in Wicca.


  • abbot (leader of a Christian or Buddhist monastery)
  • archbishop
  • godi (high priest in some Asatru or Germanic neopagan groups)
  • head priest, chief priest (high priest of a local temple or shrine)
  • mahant (high priest in some Hindu temples)
  • volkhv (high priest in some Slavic neopagan temples)

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"High Priest," Bible Dictionary, The Official Scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2006.