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sacerdotalism

[ sas-er-doht-l-iz-uhm ]
/ ˌsæs ərˈdoʊt lˌɪz əm /
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noun
the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
Usually Disparaging. priestcraft.
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Origin of sacerdotalism

First recorded in 1840–50; sacerdotal + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM sacerdotalism

sac·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 forms of sacerdotalism

sacerdotalist, noun
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