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Synonyms for priestlike

befitting or characteristic of a priest or the priesthood


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To one side are those who hold Bach in high esteem, elevating him to a kind of patron saint for church musicians, attributing to him a near priestlike gift for dispensing sacred music at its best, romanticizing his life by dwelling on the anecdotes that showed genius in the face of great odds (such as copying music by moonlight) and by exaggerating his European superiority.
4) At the play's center, the lovers, with Prospero as invisible priestlike witness, enact an Edenic marriage, reclaiming nature's innocent bond.
Throughout most of American history, reformers and radicals denounced the Court's unelected, life-tenured potentates in their priestlike robes--regardless of which president appointed them--and with good reason: For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, the justices ruled consistently against social movements that straggled for a more humane America.
In the arbors were placed the musicians, who represented the shades of the old poets, and were attired in a priestlike habit of crimson and purple, with laurel garlands.
Yet if Science and Steepleflower feels sometimes a little heavy-handed or off-target, it is because Gander takes the poetic vocation seriously, entering the mysteries of sex, death, language and science with a priestlike reverence and ceremony.
At the time, he didn't look very priestlike, friends recall.
Arnold quotes some illustrative passages, such as the lines in Hyperion where the poet speaks of the "moving waters at their priestlike task/ Of cold ablution round Earth's human shores.