sacerdotalism

sacerdotalism

[sas-er-doht-l-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
2.
Usually Disparaging. priestcraft.

Origin:
1840–50; sacerdotal + -ism

sacerdotalist, noun
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sacerdotalism (ˌsæsəˈdəʊtəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the principles, methods, etc, of the priesthood
2.  the belief that ordained priests are endowed with sacramental and sacrificial powers
3.  exaggerated respect for priests
4.  derogatory power over people's opinions and actions achieved by priests through sophistry or guile
 
sacerdotalist
 
n

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