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sacerdotal

[sas-er-doht-l]
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adjective
  1. of priests; priestly.
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Origin of sacerdotal

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sacerdōtālis, equivalent to sacerdōt- (stem of sacerdōs) priest + -ālis -al1
Related formssac·er·do·tal·ly, adverbnon·sac·er·do·tal, adjectivenon·sac·er·do·tal·ly, adverbsu·per·sac·er·do·tal, adjectivesu·per·sac·er·do·tal·ly, adverbun·sac·er·do·tal, adjectiveun·sac·er·do·tal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • He did not believe in priests in their sacerdotal character.

    Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard

    Joseph Conrad

  • Freedom from sacerdotal dogma, from secular law, she has always had.

  • No, His sacerdotal qualification is of another sort and a greater.

  • For He is, what every sacerdotal minister must be, an Offerer.

  • The Oriental civilizations on the contrary were sacerdotal in character.


British Dictionary definitions for sacerdotal

sacerdotal

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of priests
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Derived Formssacerdotally, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin sacerdōtālis, from sacerdōs priest, from sacer sacred
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Word Origin and History for sacerdotal

adj.

c.1400, from Old French sacerdotal and directly from Latin sacerdotalis "of or pertaining to a priest," from sacerdos (genitive sacerdotis) "priest," literally "offerer of sacrifices," from sacer "holy" (see sacred) + stem of dare "to give" (see date (n.1)).

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