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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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deaconessdea‧con‧ess /ˌdiːkəˈnes $ ˈdiːkənəs/ noun [countable]  RRCRRCa female religious official, in some Christian churches, who is just below the rank of a priest
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deaconessLater while training as a deaconess in London she saw his funeral in 1912.Because my grandmother was active in the church and had been a deaconess, she knew a lot of people.An elderly deaconess who refused to denounce her faith during a riot against Christians.So she calmly sat down with deaconess Pat Phillips to plan the funeral.
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