ecclesiasticism

[ ih-klee-zee-as-tuh-siz-uh m ]
/ ɪˌkli ziˈæs təˌsɪz əm /

noun

ecclesiastical principles, practices, or spirit.
devotion, especially excessive devotion, to the principles or interests of the church.

Origin of ecclesiasticism

First recorded in 1860–65; ecclesiastic + -ism

Related forms

an·ti·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cism, noun
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ecclesiasticism

/ (ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

exaggerated attachment to the practices or principles of the Christian Church
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