(noun) A religious specialist that acts as a go-between for a person or group and the supernatural; they also typically preside over rituals such as death rites and marriages.

Example: A Catholic priest.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: priests
  • Priestess means a female priest but the term priest can be used regardless of gender or sex.
  • The difference between a priest and a shaman is that a priest’s role is often full time but lacking direct control over supernatural power, acting only as an intermediary and a shaman’s role is often performed part time, with direct access and control of supernatural power.

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