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[kler-i-kuh-liz-uh m] /ˈklɛr ɪ kəˌlɪz əm/
clerical principles.
clerical power or influence in government, politics, etc. (distinguished from laicism).
support of such power or influence.
Origin of clericalism
First recorded in 1860-65; clerical + -ism
Related forms
clericalist, noun Unabridged
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  • As in the case of clericalism, so it is in the case of churchism.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • clericalism, like any other concept, is more than a set of ideas.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • I will not talk nor allow any one else to talk about "clericalism" and "militarism."

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • His book is neither a panegyric on clericalism nor a libel on it.

  • This is the meaning of M. Gambetta's war-cry 'clericalism is the enemy.'

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • Is it "clericalism" which manufactures dynamite and blows up houses?

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • The repression of clericalism was only a part of the scheme for a legalised Despotism.

    Ten Tudor Statesmen Arthur D. Innes
  • The book was intended to draw the fire of the enemy, clericalism, and it did.

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
  • clericalism claimed its bond from the monarchy which it had helped to restore.

  • This is the dominion of the idea; in other words, it is clericalism.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
British Dictionary definitions for clericalism


a policy of upholding the power of the clergy
the power of the clergy esp when excessively strong
Derived Forms
clericalist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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