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nounplural noun churchmen

  • A male member of the Christian clergy or of a Church.

    ‘Or perhaps the remark was a mere evasion, a way of saying politely to a prominent churchman that Africans desperately need to end the culture of impunity.’
    • ‘Such statements are to be carefully considered as the prudential judgments of experienced churchmen.’
    • ‘For most of the last 150 years African Christianity has been largely controlled and directed by European and American missionaries and churchmen.’
    • ‘A great churchman, Hincmar, Archbishop of Rheims, was the deviser of the new arrangement.’
    • ‘At the same time, criticism of the pope by Polish churchmen ended.’
    • ‘Yet, as he shows, it was characteristic and effective in the hands of churchmen like Athanasius, Augustine, Bernard, Anselm, and Calvin.’
    • ‘The priest has met other churchmen to discuss the impasse, including 12 Presbyterian ministers from the north of the city.’
    • ‘Some churchmen, Gerson among them, disliked this freelance movement and were dubious about the emphasis on private experiences of ecstasy.’
    • ‘The Commons has voted by 321 to 204 to allow licensed fox hunting in England and Wales, provided that the fox is witnessed at all times by a Protestant and a Catholic churchman.’
    • ‘Daddy was a churchman whose churchmanship was recognized and honored by those who really knew him.’
    • ‘It's not a biting criticism of the Anglican Church or of religion in general but a light-hearted poke at the churchmen of England.’
    • ‘And both churchmen agreed that proposed reforms are likely to stop short of demands by some Orthodox churches for a complete restructuring of the World Council of Churches.’
    • ‘My country's great shame is the way many kids' needs have been ignored and their bodies exploited, in some cases by churches and churchmen.’
    • ‘Yet we pay far more attention to our politicians than we do to our churchmen, and the Church of Scotland is failing, and failing fast.’
    • ‘After the war, a few prominent churchmen, some with close ties to the Vatican, helped major war criminals to escape justice.’
    • ‘These same churchmen had developed tenth-century consecration ceremonies in line with a clear idea of kingship as an office with duties.’
    • ‘A lifelong churchman, Bishop Timothy decided at the age of 12 that he wanted to become a priest, and he always loved poetry and writing verse.’
    • ‘These were the products of intellectuals, bishops, and churchmen who were nevertheless still connected with the diocesan and imperial courts, in some cases as chancellors.’
    • ‘The league at Florence had suggested getting a priest to attack Galileo but was reprimanded by a churchman, perhaps the Archbishop of Florence, at whose home they had met.’
    • ‘It is to be feared that some churchmen are more enamored of being players in world politics than devoted to being shepherds of souls.’



/ˈCHərCHmən/ /ˈtʃərtʃmən/