[sas-er-doht-l-iz-uh m]

Origin of sacerdotalism

First recorded in 1840–50; sacerdotal + -ism
Related formssac·er·do·tal·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for sacerdotalism


  1. the principles, methods, etc, of the priesthood
  2. the belief that ordained priests are endowed with sacramental and sacrificial powers
  3. exaggerated respect for priests
  4. derogatory power over people's opinions and actions achieved by priests through sophistry or guile
Derived Formssacerdotalist, noun
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