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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A religious teacher or adviser.
From Russian starets (elder). In the Eastern Orthodox Church a starets is a spiritual adviser who is not necessarily a priest. Earliest documented use: 1923.
“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.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him. -Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and author (23 Mar 1900-1980)