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Jesuit

  

      n  
1    a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (the Society of Jesus) founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1534 with the aims of defending the papacy and Catholicism against the Reformation and to undertake missionary work among the heathen  
2    sometimes not cap  
Informal, offensive   a person given to subtle and equivocating arguments; casuist  
     (C16: from New Latin Jesuita, from Late Latin Jesus + -ita -ite1)  
  Jesuitic, Jesuitical      adj  
  Jesuitically      adv  
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