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caesaropapism

[see-zuh-roh-pey-piz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the possession of supreme authority over church and state by one person, often by a secular ruler.
  2. 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
Related formscae·sa·ro·pap·ist, noun, adjective
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