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caesaropapism

[see-zuh-roh-pey-piz-uh m] /ˌsi zə roʊˈpeɪ pɪz əm/
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
1885-1890
1885-90; Caesar + -o- + papism
Related forms
caesaropapist, noun, adjective
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