high priest

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high priest (plural high priests)

  1. A clergyman with a higher function than a normal priest.
  2. In the history of the Hebrew Testament (Tanakh), the male person 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. 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.
    • 2011, Robert Skidelsky, The Keynes-Hayek Rematch:
      The global economic collapse of 2007-2008 discredited “rational expectations” economics (though its high priests have yet to recognize this) and brought both Keynes and Hayek back into posthumous contention.
  6. (Wicca) A third degree (sometimes forth degree) male witch in Wicca.

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