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Deacon meaning

deacon - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
  2. 2. An officer in Christian churches appointed to perform certain subordinate duties varying in different communions. In the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, a person admitted to the lowest order in the ministry, subordinate to the bishops and priests. In Presbyterian churches, he is subordinate to the minister and elders, and has charge of certain duties connected with the communion service and the care of the poor. In Congregational churches, he is subordinate to the pastor, and has duties as in the Presbyterian church.
  3. 3. The chairman of an incorporated company.
  4. 4. With humorous reference to hypocritical posing: To pack ( fruit or vegetables) with the finest specimens on top; to alter slyly the boundaries of ( land); to adulterate or doctor ( an article to be sold), etc.
  5. 5. To read aloud each line of ( a psalm or hymn) before singing it, - usually with off.
  6. 6. A subordinate grade of the clergy.

deacon - examples of usage

  1. Sometimes Deacon Jones's hens get to roosting in the next orchard. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  2. " And let the deacon say to all, Salute one another with a holy kiss. - "A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer", William Reed Huntington.
  3. Mrs. Deacon looked astonished, and interested. - "Jane Lends A Hand", Shirley Watkins.
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