or Jes·u·it·ry

[ jezh-oo-i-tiz-uh m, jez-oo-, jez-yoo- ]
/ ˈdʒɛʒ u ɪˌtɪz əm, ˈdʒɛz u-, ˈdʒɛz yu- /


the system, principles, or practices of the Jesuits.
(often lowercase) a principle or practice, as casuistry, equivocation, or craft, ascribed to the Jesuits by their opponents.

Origin of Jesuitism

First recorded in 1600–10; Jesuit + -ism

Related forms

an·ti-Jes·u·it·ism, nounan·ti-Jes·u·it·ry, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jesuitism



/ (ˈdʒɛzjʊɪˌtɪzəm) /


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