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sacerdotalism

[sas-er-doht-l-iz-uh m] /ˌsæs ərˈdoʊt lˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
2.
Usually Disparaging. priestcraft.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; sacerdotal + -ism
Related forms
sacerdotalist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sacerdotalism

sacerdotalism

/ˌsæsəˈdəʊtəˌlɪzəm/
noun
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
Derived Forms
sacerdotalist, noun
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