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Priest vs. Monk — What's the Difference?

Priest vs. Monk — What's the Difference?

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Priest

A priest is a religious leader authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and one or more deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities.
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Monk

In earlier usage, an eremite or hermit devoted to solitude, as opposed to a cenobite, who lived communally.
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Priest

An ordained minister of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican Church, authorized to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments
The priest celebrated mass at a small altar off the north transept
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Monk

A monk (, from Greek: μοναχός, monachos, "single, solitary" via Latin monachus) is a person who practices religious asceticism by monastic living, either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decides to dedicate his life to serving all other living beings, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live his or her life in prayer and contemplation.
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Priest

A mallet used to kill fish caught when angling.
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Monk

A man who is a member of a brotherhood living in a monastery and devoted to a discipline prescribed by his order
A Carthusian monk.
A Buddhist monk.
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Priest

Ordain to the priesthood
He was made deacon in 1990 and priested in 1994
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Monk

A male member of a monastic order who has devoted his life for religious service.
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Priest

In many Christian churches, a member of the second grade of clergy ranking below a bishop but above a deacon and having authority to administer the sacraments.
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Monk

(slang) A male who leads an isolated life; a loner, a hermit.
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Priest

A person having the authority to perform and administer religious rites.
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Monk

(slang) An unmarried man who does not have sexual relationships.
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Priest

To ordain or admit to the priesthood.
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Monk

(slang) A judge.
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Priest

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.
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Monk

(printing) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed; distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.
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Priest

A blunt tool, used for quickly stunning and killing fish
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Monk

A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.
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Priest

(Mormonism) the highest office in the Aaronic priesthood
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Monk

A South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthosternos.
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Priest

(transitive) To ordain as a priest.
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Monk

The bullfinch, common bullfinch, European bullfinch, or Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula).
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Priest

A presbyter elder; a minister
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Monk

The monkfish.
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Priest

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.
Then the priest of Jupiter . . . brought oxen and garlands . . . and would have done sacrifice with the people.
Every priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.
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Monk

(historical) A fuse for firing mines.
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Priest

To ordain as priest.
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Monk

(colloquial) A monkey.
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Priest

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

To be a monk.
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Priest

A spiritual leader in a non-Christian religion
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Monk

To act like a monk; especially to be contemplative.
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Monk

To monkey or meddle; to behave in a manner that is not systematic.
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Monk

To be intoxicated or confused.
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Monk

To be attached in a way that sticks out.
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Monk

A man who retires from the ordinary temporal concerns of the world, and devotes himself to religion; one of a religious community of men inhabiting a monastery, and bound by vows to a life of chastity, obedience, and poverty.
Monks in some respects agree with regulars, as in the substantial vows of religion; but in other respects monks and regulars differ; for that regulars, vows excepted, are not tied up to so strict a rule of life as monks are.
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Monk

A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed. It is distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.
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Monk

A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.
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Monk

A South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus.
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Monk

A male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work
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Monk

United States jazz pianist who was one of the founders of the bebop style (1917-1982)
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