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[kler-i-kuh-liz-uh m]
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  1. clerical principles.
  2. clerical power or influence in government, politics, etc. (distinguished from laicism).
  3. support of such power or influence.
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Origin of clericalism

First recorded in 1860–65; clerical + -ism
Related formscler·i·cal·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for clericalism

Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for clericalism


  1. a policy of upholding the power of the clergy
  2. the power of the clergy esp when excessively strong
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Derived Formsclericalist, noun
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