sacerdotalism

[ sas-er-doht-l-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌsæs ərˈdoʊt lˌɪz əm /
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noun

the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
Usually Disparaging. priestcraft.

Nearby words

  1. sacculocochlear,
  2. sacculus,
  3. saccus,
  4. sacellum,
  5. sacerdotal,
  6. sachem,
  7. sachemic,
  8. sacher torte,
  9. sacher-masoch,
  10. sachet

Origin of sacerdotalism

First recorded in 1840–50; sacerdotal + -ism

Related formssac·er·do·tal·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sacerdotalism

sacerdotalism

/ (ˌsæsəˈdəʊtəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

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

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