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

sac′er·do′tal·ist n.
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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
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(ˌsæs ərˈdoʊt lˌɪz əm)

the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
sac`er•do′tal•ist, n.
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the system, practices, or principles underlying the priesthood. — sacerdotal, n., adj.
See also: Catholicism
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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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(29) Comper set out a sacerdotalist position that placed the altar as the central action of Christian worship--church architecture should strive for beauty but not at the expense of liturgical orthodoxy: "While we cling to every loveliest form that mans work has produced just as we cling to every loveliest flower of nature, we must again make the architecture of our churches in complete harmony with the liturgy" (Atmosphere 235).
Lippomano, for such scholars, falls firmly into this category; they define his episcopate as the triumph of paranoia over tolerance, a "defensive and inquisitorial rigidification" of his predecessor's work, lacking any positive content--"a Counter-Reformatory figure" with a "hierarchic, sacerdotalist, authoritarian ideology." (15)
(2000), "Benign Sacerdotalist or Pious Assailant: The Rise of the Professional Accountant in British Management," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol.