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


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

Origin of sacerdotalism

First recorded in 1840–50; sacerdotal + -ism

Related forms

sac·er·do·tal·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sacerdotalism


/ (ˌsæsəˈdəʊtəˌlɪzəm) /


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

sacerdotalist, noun
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