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[jezh-oo-i-tiz-uh m, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-]
  1. the system, principles, or practices of the Jesuits.
  2. (often lowercase) a principle or practice, as casuistry, equivocation, or craft, ascribed to the Jesuits by their opponents.
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Origin of Jesuitism

First recorded in 1600–10; Jesuit + -ism
Related formsan·ti-Jes·u·it·ism, nounan·ti-Jes·u·it·ry, noun
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Examples from the Web for jesuitism

Historical Examples

  • His spirit is the opposite of that of Jesuitism or casuistry (Wallace).



  • Jesuitism and corporalism, this is the sum total of the regime.

  • But the vital force of Jesuitism had suffered no diminution.

  • "I prevent the progress of Jesuitism and Idolatry," he said to himself.

  • This is one of the grand causes of the success of Jesuitism in this country.

British Dictionary definitions for jesuitism



  1. theology or practices of the Jesuits
  2. informal, offensive subtle and equivocating arguments; casuistry
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