[ preest-kraft, -krahft ]

  1. the training, knowledge, and abilities necessary to a priest.

Origin of priestcraft

First recorded in 1475–85; priest + craft

Words Nearby priestcraft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use priestcraft in a sentence

  • They are simply religious emanations from the corrupt and disordered brain of priestcraft.

    The Bible | John E. Remsburg
  • It is a flaming sword that priestcraft has placed in every highway of learning to frighten back the timid searchers after truth.

    The Bible | John E. Remsburg
  • This made it easy for him to emancipate himself from the slavery of priestcraft and become and remain a Freethinker.

  • "No priestcraft at Marney," said this gentle proprietor of abbey lands.

    Sybil | Benjamin Disraeli
  • From town to town, from land to land, I was pursued by priestcraft and persecution; yet I acquired fame.

British Dictionary definitions for priestcraft


/ (ˈpriːstˌkrɑːft) /

  1. the art and skills involved in the work of a priest

  2. derogatory the influence of priests upon politics or the use by them of secular power

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