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 (săs′ər-dōt′l, săk′-)
1. Of or relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly.
2. Of or relating to sacerdotalism.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sacerdōtālis, from sacerdōs, sacerdōt-, priest; see sak- in Indo-European roots.]

sac′er·do′tal·ly adv.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of priests
[C14: from Latin sacerdōtālis, from sacerdōs priest, from sacer sacred]
ˌsacerˈdotally adv


(ˌsæs ərˈdoʊt l)

of priests; priestly.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sacerdōtālis, derivative of sacerdōt-, s. of sacerdōs priest]
sac`er•do′tal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sacerdotal - of or relating to a belief in sacerdotalism; "sacerdotal emphasis on the authority of priests"
2.sacerdotal - associated with the priesthood or priests; "priestly (or sacerdotal) vestments"; "hieratic gestures"


[ˌsæsəˈdəʊtl] ADJsacerdotal


References in classic literature ?
Having fixed upon this, I hired a little bark to Jubo, a place about forty leagues distant from Pate, on board which I put some provisions, together with my sacerdotal vestments, and all that was necessary for saying mass: in this vessel we reached the coast, which we found inhabited by several nations: each nation is subject to its own king; these petty monarchies are so numerous, that I counted at least ten in less than four leagues.
One would almost imagine from the long list that is given of cannibal primates, bishops, arch-deacons, prebendaries, and other inferior ecclesiastics, that the sacerdotal order far outnumbered the rest of the population, and that the poor natives were more severely priest-ridden than even the inhabitants of the papal states.
van der Luyden's least gesture as having an almost sacerdotal importance.
Impossible to class it in that ancient family of sombre, mysterious churches, low and crushed as it were by the round arch, almost Egyptian, with the exception of the ceiling; all hieroglyphics, all sacerdotal, all symbolical, more loaded in their ornaments, with lozenges and zigzags, than with flowers, with flowers than with animals, with animals than with men; the work of the architect less than of the bishop; first transformation of art, all impressed with theocratic and military discipline, taking root in the Lower Empire, and stopping with the time of William the Conqueror.
sacerdotal character, validated by necromantic pentagrams and other
Universal history, the poets, the romancers, do not in their stateliest pictures, --in the sacerdotal, the imperial palaces, in the triumphs of will or of genius,--anywhere lose our ear, anywhere make us feel that we intrude, that this is for better men; but rather is it true that in their grandest strokes we feel most at home.
Next Sunday the Tribe of Abalone Eaters will descend upon you here in Bierce's Cove, and you will be able to see the rites, the writers and writeresses, down even to the Iron Man with the basilisk eyes, vulgarly known as the King of the Sacerdotal Lizards.
as known to some traditions, but are presented here in their original, ancient form: numbered and named in the same manner as the Major Arcana, and accompanied by detailed sacerdotal and astrological importance.
The charismatic founder of the so-called Asociacion Sacerdotal, Fr.
And furthermore, in the Kimpasi, the sacerdotal Kongo academy, this notion of the perfection of being is called Kimalungila, symbolized by the bracelet of the initiate called n'lungu, which refers to completeness.
For purposes of the exclusion for the housing allowance, a minister is an individual who performs ministerial services such as sacerdotal functions, conducting religious worship, and/or controlling or maintaining a religious organization as a function of a church that exists to carry out the religious beliefs of a particular faith.
Since there is no priesthood in Islam or sacerdotal class among Muslims, the duty of the call to Allah cannot be limited to an ill-conceived and imaginary group called the "men of religion as is the case with other religions.