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Jun 8, 2010
This week's theme
Words that appear plural but aren't

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starets
congeries
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kudos

Sergius of Radonezh
Sergius of Radonezh, a starets
(1314-1392)
Location: Sergiyev Posad, Russia
Photo: Ygrek

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starets

PRONUNCIATION:
(STAHR-its, -yits) plural startsy (STAHRT-see)

MEANING:
noun: A religious teacher or adviser.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Russian starets (elder). In the Eastern Orthodox Church a starets is a spiritual adviser who is not necessarily a priest.

USAGE:
"Grigori Rasputin was neither mad nor a monk, but an unconventional starets."
Cecilia Rasmussen; Shadowed by Rasputin's Evil Reputation; Los Angeles Times; Oct 10, 1999.

See more usage examples of starets in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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