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Related to sacerdotalism: sacramentalism, propitiatory


 (săs′ər-dōt′l-ĭz′əm, săk′-)
The belief that priests act as mediators between God and humans.

sac′er·do′tal·ist n.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the principles, methods, etc, of the priesthood
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the belief that ordained priests are endowed with sacramental and sacrificial powers
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) exaggerated respect for priests
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) derogatory power over people's opinions and actions achieved by priests through sophistry or guile
ˌsacerˈdotalist n


(ˌsæs ərˈdoʊt lˌɪz əm)

the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
sac`er•do′tal•ist, n.


the system, practices, or principles underlying the priesthood. — sacerdotal, n., adj.
See also: Catholicism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sacerdotalism - a belief that priests can act as mediators between human beings and God
belief - any cognitive content held as true
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When, however, the Miltons experienced, first hand, Laudian authoritarianism and sacerdotalism in the church's objections to the orientation of Sara Milton's gravestone (96), and when so many of the "middling sort" were scandalized by the spectacle of William Prynne's public mutilations, Milton, according to Campbell and Corns, "began to bid William Laud good night" (95).
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