Jes·u·it (jĕzh-ĭt, jĕz-, -y-)
1. Roman Catholic Church A member of the Society of Jesus.
2. often jesuit One given to subtle casuistry.
[French Jésuite, from Jésus, Jesus, from Late Latin Iēsus; see JESUS1.]
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