, an error made in copying or writing.

(Cler"ic*al*ism) n. An excessive devotion to the interests of the sacerdotal order; undue influence of the clergy; sacerdotalism.

(Cler*ic"i*ty) n. The state of being a clergyman.

(Cler"i*sy) n. [LL. clericia. See Clergy.]

1. The literati, or well educated class.

2. The clergy, or their opinions, as opposed to the laity.

(Clerk) n. [Either OF. clerc, fr. L. clericus a priest, or AS. clerc, cleric, clerk, priest, fr. L. clericus, fr. Gr. klhriko`s belonging to the clergy, fr. klh^ros lot, allotment, clergy; cf. Deut. xviii. 2. Cf. Clergy.]

1. A clergyman or ecclesiastic. [Obs.]

All persons were styled clerks that served in the church of Christ.

2. A man who could read; a scholar; a learned person; a man of letters. [Obs.] "Every one that could read . . . being accounted a clerk." Blackstone.

He was no great clerk, but he was perfectly well versed in the interests of Europe.

3. A parish officer, being a layman who leads in reading the responses of the Episcopal church service, and otherwise assists in it. [Eng.] Hook.

And like unlettered clerk still cry "Amen".

4. One employed to keep records or accounts; a scribe; an accountant; as, the clerk of a court; a town clerk.

The clerk of the crown . . . withdrew the bill.

In some cases, clerk is synonymous with secretary. A clerk is always an officer subordinate to a higher officer, board, corporation, or person; whereas a secretary may be either a subordinate or the head of an office or department.

5. An assistant in a shop or store. [U. S.]

(Clerk"-ale`) n. A feast for the benefit of the parish clerk. [Eng.] T. Warton.

(Clerk"less), a. Unlearned. [Obs.] E. Waterhouse.

(Clerk"like`) a. Scholarlike. [Obs.] Shak.

(Clerk"li*ness) n. Scholarship. [Obs.]

(Clerk"ly), a. Of or pertaining to a clerk. Cranmer.

(Clerk"ly), adv. In a scholarly manner. [Obs.] Shak.

(Clerk"ship), n. State, quality, or business of a clerk.

(Cler"o*man`cy) n. [Gr. lot + -mancy; cf. F. cléromancie.] A divination by throwing dice or casting lots.

A clerical error

  By PanEris using Melati.

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