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caesaropapism

[ see-zuh-roh-pey-piz-uhm ]
/ ˌsi zə roʊˈpeɪ pɪz əm /
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noun

the possession of supreme authority over church and state by one person, often by a secular ruler.
the supremacy of the state over the church in ecclesiastical matters.

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Origin of caesaropapism

First recorded in 1885–90; Caesar + -o- + papism

OTHER WORDS FROM caesaropapism

cae·sa·ro·pap·ist, noun, adjective
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