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clericalism

[kler-i-kuh-liz-uh m] /ˈklɛr ɪ kəˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
clerical principles.
2.
clerical power or influence in government, politics, etc. (distinguished from laicism).
3.
support of such power or influence.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; clerical + -ism
Related forms
clericalist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clericalism

clericalism

/ˈklɛrɪkəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a policy of upholding the power of the clergy
2.
the power of the clergy esp when excessively strong
Derived Forms
clericalist, noun
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