caesaropapist

caesaropapism

[see-zuh-roh-pey-piz-uhm]
noun
1.
the possession of supreme authority over church and state by one person, often by a secular ruler.
2.
the supremacy of the state over the church in ecclesiastical matters.

Origin:
1885–90; Caesar + -o- + papism

caesaropapist, noun, adjective
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caesaropapism

noun
the doctrine that the state is supreme over the church in ecclesiastical matters [syn: Erastianism
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