clericalism

[kler-i-kuh-liz-uh m]
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noun

clerical principles.
clerical power or influence in government, politics, etc. (distinguished from laicism).
support of such power or influence.

Nearby words

  1. clergyperson,
  2. clergywoman,
  3. cleric,
  4. clerical,
  5. clerical collar,
  6. clerically,
  7. clericals,
  8. clerihew,
  9. clerisy,
  10. clerk

Origin of clericalism

First recorded in 1860–65; clerical + -ism

Related formscler·i·cal·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for clericalism

clericalism

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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