acolyte acolyte  /ˈæ kə ˌlaɪt/


  • (n) someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches


  1. This year, however, the focus is Pandiland, the state run by Pinto, a man who has tried to appear to be Kevin's acolyte.
  2. Much of its financing came from Tandem, an acolyte of Zam's who was one of the many heirs to a huge fortune derived from a family construction business.
  3. Indeed, Chirac, hardly an acolyte of the Bush Administration, had been every bit as vehement as Washington on the need to punish the perpetrators.


  1. 'Mad Men': 4 reasons Bob Benson might be gay

    Bob Benson has been the definition of mystery this season on "Mad Men." I don't know if it was Matthew Weiner's intent to create a character that is such a lightning rod for conspiracy theories, but he's done it and sadly enough, if Bob (James Wolk) doesn't turn out to be a time-traveling Don Draper or a Manson acolyte who ends up murdering Megan, then everyone is going to be SO pissed. So ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Zap2It


    The New York Times today (June 5) has an excellent story on China's Xiaomi, whose head, Lei Jun, is a "professed [Steve] Jobs acolyte," says the Times. One question is whether the company's products are close to Apple clones.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: San Diego Reader

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  1. "I am certainly not an acolyte or even a fan of the Holy Church of the Carbon-Free Atmosphere or its leader, the Reverend Al Gore," Rodgers, long known for his outspoken libertarian views, said in an e-mail to the Mercury News.
    on Jan 31, 2010 By: TJ Rodgers Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. From the Sun-Time's Oprah blog: Kelley says she's even been snubbed by Rachael Ray, "which is kind of understandable because she's an Oprah acolyte."
    on Apr 12, 2010 By: Kitty Kelley Source: Chicagoist

  3. "While Khomeini was certainly not an acolyte of Hitler, it is not unreasonable to suppose that his anti-Jewish outlook ...... had been shaped during the 1930s," Küntzel says, citing, in a footnote, an article he himself wrote.
    on Jan 4, 2008 By: Matthias Küntzel Source: New York Times

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