Parish vs perish

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A parish is an area served by a Christian church, administrated by a priest or pastor. A parish is a subdivision of a diocese. Parish also refers to the people served by a Christian church. In England, a parish is the smallest unit of rural government. In the state of Louisiana, a parish is a unit of government similar to a county. Parish comes from the Greek word paroikia, which means sojourning.

Perish means to suffer or to die, to be ruined. Perish is also used to describe the decay of something organic. Perish is an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object. Related words are perishes, perished, perishing. Perish comes from the Latin word perire, wish means to be lost or to perish.


The Rev. Joseph L. Maloney, church pastor, outlined a proposal to move the parish’s 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grades into the former Catholic high school on North Keim Street in Lower Pottsgrove Township. (The Reading Eagle)

A non-profit corporation, Amazing Parish charges $1,000 per parish for each conference, which includes participation by a pastor and eight members of a parish leadership team. (The National Catholic Reporter)

A Madison Parish Sheriff’s deputy sustained minor injuries after being hit by a vehicle Thursday morning. (The News Star)

The EU must rethink itself or perish. (The National Post)

Five house pets— three cats and two dogs — perished in a Friday afternoon fire at 129 Koneta Street. (The Wapokeneta Daily News)

28,000 chickens perish as ventilation system breaks down on poultry farm (The Daily Sabah)

“I’m only asking that everyone will see the pain, come to offer comfort, come to strengthen, come to say that Kiryat Arba is ours, a place where we can live and not perish, and sustain our love of the place and of Israel.” (The Times of Israel)

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