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Jesuitism

or Jesuitry

[jezh-oo-i-tiz-uh m, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-] /ˈdʒɛʒ u ɪˌtɪz əm, ˈdʒɛz u-, ˈdʒɛz yu-/
noun
1.
the system, principles, or practices of the Jesuits.
2.
(often lowercase) a principle or practice, as casuistry, equivocation, or craft, ascribed to the Jesuits by their opponents.
Origin of Jesuitism
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; Jesuit + -ism
Related forms
anti-Jesuitism, noun
anti-Jesuitry, noun
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Jesuitism

/ˈdʒɛzjʊɪˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
theology or practices of the Jesuits
2.
(informal, offensive) subtle and equivocating arguments; casuistry
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