Meaning of Jesuitical in English:


Pronunciation /dʒɛzjʊˈɪtɪk(ə)l/


  • 1Of or concerning the Jesuits.

    ‘It sounds logical; one might even say Jesuitical.’
    • ‘The editor of the Catholic Herald was somewhat Jesuitical when I argued with him in a BBC studio yesterday.’
    • ‘Blackrock's authorities clearly see their teaching methods in the Jesuitical tradition of ‘Give me the boy and I'll give you the man.’’
    • ‘A slightly less daunting local monument is the Jesuitical college, built at much the same time and now occupied by the university's economics faculty.’
    • ‘There is something Jesuitical about the relationship of these historians to Marxism.’
    • ‘I think that his view of his role as that person was almost as a Jesuitical moderator in a sinful society.’
    • ‘I think that his view of his role was almost as a Jesuitical moderator in a sinful society.’
    1. 1.1Dissembling or equivocating, in the manner once associated with Jesuits.
      ‘For all his mild and gentlemanlike manner he was also tough and uncompromising, a Jesuitical loner in a companionable game.’
      • ‘Distinctions drawn in the farmers' market business are Jesuitical, the meaning of ‘farmers' market’ itself the most interesting topic going.’
      • ‘We marvelled at this truly Jesuitical response, and listened intensely.’
      • ‘In the less melodramatic case of airport security lines, the government's solution involves the splendidly Jesuitical distinction between ‘lines’ and ‘lanes.’’
      • ‘Encouraged by a little Jesuitical reasoning to the effect that death has released him from his promise, he may yet plumb the depths of Coombs the man.’
      • ‘The Jesuitical point here is that Blair chooses not to regard as ‘leaking’ the method he used to throw Kelly to the wolves.’
      • ‘You have offered me a typically Jesuitical explanation, but still no apology.’
      • ‘Is this one of those Jesuitical compromises, where we are putting the end before the means?’
      • ‘The level of full disclosure that's required is Jesuitical.’