clericalism


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cler·i·cal·ism

 (klĕr′ĭ-kə-lĭz′əm)
n.
A policy of supporting the power and influence of the clergy in political or secular matters.

cler′i·cal·ist n.

clericalism

(ˈklɛrɪkəˌlɪzəm)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a policy of upholding the power of the clergy
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the power of the clergy, esp when excessively strong
ˈclericalist n

cler•i•cal•ism

(ˈklɛr ɪ kəˌlɪz əm)

n.
1. power or influence of the clergy in government, politics, etc.
2. a policy of supporting or advocating such power or influence.
[1860–65]
cler′i•cal•ist, n.

clericalism

1. an undue influence of the hierarchy and clergy in public affairs and government.
2. the principles and interests of the clergy.
3. the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood; sacerdotalism. Cf. laicism. — clericalist, n.
See also: Catholicism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clericalism - a policy of supporting the influence and power of the clergy in secular or political matters
policy - a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government; "they debated the policy or impolicy of the proposed legislation"
Translations

clericalism

[ˈklerɪkəˌlɪzəm] Nclericalismo m

clericalism

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