clericalism

[ kler-i-kuh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈklɛr ɪ kəˌlɪz əm /
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noun

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
Related formscler·i·cal·ist, noun
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clericalism

/ (ˈklɛrɪkəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

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