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[sas-er-doht-l-iz-uh m]
  1. the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
  2. Usually Disparaging. priestcraft.
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Origin of sacerdotalism

First recorded in 1840–50; sacerdotal + -ism
Related formssac·er·do·tal·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for sacerdotalism

Historical Examples

  • It was simply an episode in the extension of feudalism and sacerdotalism.

    A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III

    Henry Charles Lea

  • The majority of these men have wholly lost the flavour of sacerdotalism.

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

  • The church with its sacraments and its sacerdotalism is the disease of Christianity.

    God The Invisible King

    Herbert George Wells

  • That this theory is Sacerdotalism in a sense may be admitted.

    Outspoken Essays

    William Ralph Inge

  • Milman has only a very brief notice of this great bishop, the founder of sacerdotalism in the Latin Church.

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
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Derived Formssacerdotalist, noun
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