Pastor vs. Priest

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Main Difference

The main difference between Pastor and Priest is that the Pastor is a ordained leader of a Christian congregation and Priest is a person authorized to lead the sacred rituals of a religion (for a minister use Q1423891).

  • Pastor (noun)

    A shepherd; someone who tends to a flock of animals.

  • Pastor (noun)

    Someone with spiritual authority over a group of people

  • Pastor (noun)

    A minister or a priest in a Christian church.

  • Pastor (verb)

    To serve a pastor

  • Priest (noun)

    a religious clergyman (clergywoman, clergyperson) who is trained to perform services or sacrifices at a church or temple

    "The priest at the Catholic church heard his confession."

    "The Shinto priest burnt incense for his ancestors."

    "The Israelite priests were descended from Moses' brother Aaron."

  • Priest (noun)

    a blunt tool, used for quickly stunning and killing fish

  • Priest (noun)

    the highest office in the Aaronic priesthood

  • Priest (verb)

    To ordain as a priest.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Pastor (noun)

    A shepherd; one who has the care of flocks and herds.

  • Pastor (noun)

    A guardian; a keeper; specifically (Eccl.), a minister having the charge of a church and parish.

  • Pastor (noun)

    A species of starling (Pastor roseus), native of the plains of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Its head is crested and glossy greenish black, and its back is rosy. It feeds largely upon locusts.

  • Priest (noun)

    A presbyter elder; a minister

  • Priest (noun)

    One who officiates at the altar, or performs the rites of sacrifice; one who acts as a mediator between men and the divinity or the gods in any form of religion; as, Buddhist priests.

  • Priest

    To ordain as priest.

Webster Dictionary
  • Pastor (noun)

    a person authorized to conduct religious worship

  • Pastor (noun)

    only the rose-colored starlings; in some classifications considered a separate genus

  • Priest (noun)

    a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders

  • Priest (noun)

    a spiritual leader in a non-Christian religion

Princeton's WordNet

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