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priestcraft

[preest-kraft, -krahft] /ˈpristˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/
noun
1.
the training, knowledge, and abilities necessary to a priest.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; priest + craft
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priestcraft

/ˈpriːstˌkrɑːft/
noun
1.
the art and skills involved in the work of a priest
2.
(derogatory) the influence of priests upon politics or the use by them of secular power
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Word Origin and History for priestcraft
n.

late 15c., "business of being a priest," from priest + craft (n.). After rise of Protestantism and the Enlightenment, it acquired a pejorative sense of "arts and devices of ambitious priests for attaining and holding temporal power and social control" (1680s).

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