[jezh-oo-it, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-]
1. a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (Society of Jesus) founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534.
2. (often lowercase) a crafty, intriguing, or equivocating person: so called in allusion to the methods ascribed to the order by its opponents.
3. of or relating to Jesuits or Jesuitism.
Origin of Jesuit
1550-60; < New Latin Jēsuita, equivalent to Latin Jēsu(s) + -ita -ite1
There is a great Jesuit school for boys at the foot of the town by the river.
Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But if the Jesuit notion be rejected, what are we to accept?
Fragments of science, V. 1-2 John Tyndall
Escobar, like so many of the chief Jesuit writers, was a Spaniard, born at Valladolid in 1589.
Pascal John Tulloch
If you were a Jesuit,” said she, “you would try to convert me.
Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
After all, the Jesuit is really the most interesting person.
The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2 Elizabeth Bisland
British Dictionary definitions for Jesuit
1. a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (the Society of Jesus) founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola in 1534 with the aims of defending the papacy and Catholicism against the Reformation and to undertake missionary work among the heathen
2. (sometimes not capital) (informal, offensive) a person given to subtle and equivocating arguments; casuist
Jesuitic, Jesuitical, adjective
Word Origin and History for Jesuit
1540s, from Modern Latin Jesuita, member of the Society of Jesus, founded 1533 by Ignatius Loyola to combat Protestantism. Their enemies (in both Catholic and Protestant lands) accused them of belief that ends justify means, hence the sense "a dissembling person" (1630s), and jesuitical "deceitful" (1610s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper