priestcraft


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priestcraft

(ˈpriːstˌkrɑːft)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the art and skills involved in the work of a priest
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) derogatory the influence of priests upon politics or the use by them of secular power
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Noun1.priestcraft - a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs
intrigue, machination - a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
2.priestcraft - the skills involved in the work of a priest
craftsmanship, workmanship, craft - skill in an occupation or trade
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Two persons whose desires are moderate may live well enough in Brussels on an income which would scarcely afford a respectable maintenance for one in London: and that, not because the necessaries of life are so much dearer in the latter capital, or taxes so much higher than in the former, but because the English surpass in folly all the nations on God's earth, and are more abject slaves to custom, to opinion, to the desire to keep up a certain appearance, than the Italians are to priestcraft, the French to vain-glory, the Russians to their Czar, or the Germans to black beer.
Several old women, a fly-flapping girl of eleven, and two young men who had graduated from the canoe house of the youths and who were studying priestcraft under the master, composed the household and waited upon Jerry.
The priestcraft of the East and West, of the Magian, Brahmin, Druid, and Inca, is expounded in the individual's private life.
The honest lovers of liberty will, we doubt not, pardon that long digression into which we were led at the close of the last chapter, to prevent our history from being applied to the use of the most pernicious doctrine which priestcraft had ever the wickedness or the impudence to preach.
By this I observed, that there is priestcraft even among the most blinded, ignorant pagans in the world; and the policy of making a secret of religion, in order to preserve the veneration of the people to the clergy, not only to be found in the Roman, but, perhaps, among all religions in the world, even among the most brutish and barbarous savages.
This the young woman did afterwards effectually, so that there was no priestcraft used here; and I should have thought it one of the most unjustifiable frauds in the world to have had it so.
Britons on both sides of the Atlantic came to understand that their religious and civil liberties were bound together--and threatened--by any encroachment of Romanism, priestcraft and arbitrary government.
In his anti-ritualist tract, Walsh rails against "the triumph of Priestcraft in the Church of England" and "the Ritualistic enemies of the Protestant religion" (i).
Religion as a universal genus fostered a retreat into self--the sole alternative supposedly being priestcraft.
But if so, all citizens are at least acolytes to the priestcraft.
The increasing use of scientific jargon, especially in the social sciences, has permitted intellectuals to weave apologia for State rule which rival the ancient priestcraft in obscurantism.
It is likely that during the prolonged agonies of soul's struggle to absorb nature, to outlast against tyranny of the upper orders and later even to fight the evil in other men, the body-soul's search for itself was played out in millions of episodes from dramas made up by the folk themselves, underneath the life of the upper hierarchies of the court, the priestcraft and the rich nobles and merchants who could patronise the classical orders of the arts of one kind or another.