- of priests; priestly.
Origin of sacerdotal
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sacerdōtālis, equivalent to sacerdōt- (stem of sacerdōs) priest + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for sacerdotal
He did not believe in priests in their sacerdotal character.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Freedom from sacerdotal dogma, from secular law, she has always had.The Soul of a People
For He is, what every sacerdotal minister must be, an Offerer.
No, His sacerdotal qualification is of another sort and a greater.
The Oriental civilizations on the contrary were sacerdotal in character.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
- of, relating to, or characteristic of priests
C14: from Latin sacerdōtālis, from sacerdōs priest, from sacer sacred
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Word Origin and History for sacerdotal
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