[ kler-i-kuh-liz-uhm ]
/ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM clericalism

cler·i·cal·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for clericalism

/ (ˈklɛrɪkəˌlɪzəm) /


a policy of upholding the power of the clergy
the power of the clergy esp when excessively strong

Derived forms of clericalism

clericalist, noun
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