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elder statesman

1. One who is experienced and successful in a particular area. Because Michael's the elder statesman in our department, everyone always goes to him with questions.
2. One who is no longer working in a particular job but is still considered a valuable resource. Even though he's been retired for a year, Joe is still the elder statesman that gives us all feedback on our manuscripts.
See also: elder, statesman

elders and betters

The people who are older than one and thus deserve respect. Because I'm supposed to respect my elders and betters, Mom was pretty mad when she heard that I'd sassed Grandma.
See also: and, better, elder
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an ˌelder ˈstatesman


1 a person who has had an important job in government, business, etc. and who, though he/she may have retired (= stopped work), is still likely to be asked for his/her opinion and advice
2 any experienced and respected person whose advice or work is valued: He is regarded as TV’s elder statesman, having worked for the giant CBS network for nearly twenty years.
See also: elder, statesman

your ˌelders and ˈbetters

people who are older and wiser than you and whom you should respect: You may not want to go, but your elders and betters think you should.
See also: and, better, elder
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Understanding spiritual eldership as a phenomenon shaped by historical circumstances, Paert organizes her study chronologically.
Honoring Elders will prove an important foundational springboard for future studies on eldership to come.
During the English Civil War ruling eldership was part of the high presbyterian system pressed upon the parliamentarian side by its military allies the Scottish Covenanters, and also by a majority in the Westminster Assembly of Divines.
They were, he said "very earnest in the debate" as to "whether the matters of scandall in such as were to be admitted to the Sacrement should be examined by the minister & Eldership of euery Parish or by some Justice of the Peace or other Lay Magistrate." Those who wanted to have "the Minister & Lay Elders examine these offences said, that otherwise our setling the Gouerment of the Presbittery would be ineruated and come to nothing." According to his own report, D'Ewes made three interventions in this debate.
Prophecy, lay eldership, ordination, and episcopacy are all explored in an impressively nuanced way that will offer the best possible point of reconciliation between Rome and Geneva.
An eldership seminar will be held March 8, along with services at 7 p.m.
This understanding of the substance of the faith has particular importance at ordinations to the eldership and ministry in the church, where the ordinand subscribes to the confession of faith and has liberty of opinion in all matters that do not enter into "the substance of the faith"--a substance that in many respects remains undefined--and where attempts to seek such a definition have been resisted.
Orr plans to resume his eldership at the New Abbey Kirk in Dumfries and spend more time with his family.
The discussion of power, for instance, begins with the claim that "in most utopias, the principle of eldership determines the power distribution in the state: from the rule of the country to the ruler of the family" (117).
Thus the means of Christocracy is not the succession of Jesus by Peter or by a human institution or hierarchy, but by the ongoing eldership of the Paraclete, who will lead the community of faith.
Second, the young men took their complaint to the seat of the presbytery itself and made mocking gestures at the time when all the ministers were engaged in interpreting the Bible to one another and to the eldership. Though the outcome of the process may have been to the satisfaction of the kirk, evidently the presbytery was not so much in control of the town that it could not be bearded in its own den by another interest group.
President Banda then made a broadcast speech in which he insisted on his eldership in the Church of Scotland and attempted to make the Malawi situation into a Presbyterian-Catholic conflict as in Ulster or Scotland.9 The government-controlled press began a campaign calling for the death of the bishops.
At this point, he further notes, the table is now set for a person during adulthood to become ethically and morally concerned with material and spiritual matters and their consequences, on the basis of which the question is asked as to whether or not one makes ancestorship upon death after having attained eldership in this world.
(13) Musa's trajectory towards eldership highlights social ambits in which slave descent appears more or less relevant in mediating his standing in Debe society.