Sacerdotalism Sac`er*do"tal*ism, n. The system, style, spirit, or character, of a priesthood, or sacerdotal order; devotion to the interests of the sacerdotal order. [1913 Webster]

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  • Sacerdotalism — (from Latin sacerdos , priest, literally one who presents sacred offerings, sacer , sacred, and dare , to give) is a term applied to the system, method, and spirit of a priestly order or class, under which the functions, dignity, and influence of …   Wikipedia

  • sacerdotalism — [sas΄ər dōt′ liz΄əm] n. [ SACERDOTAL + ISM] 1. the existence, nature, system, or functions of priesthood 2. domination by or unwarranted or excessive dependence on a priesthood sacerdotalist n …   English World dictionary

  • sacerdotalism — sacerdotal ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to priests or the priesthood. DERIVATIVES sacerdotalism noun. ORIGIN Latin sacerdotalis, from sacerdos priest …   English terms dictionary

  • sacerdotalism — noun Date: 1856 religious belief emphasizing the powers of priests as essential mediators between God and humankind • sacerdotalist noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sacerdotalism — sacerdotalist, n. /sas euhr doht l iz euhm/, n. 1. the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood. 2. Usually Disparaging. priestcraft. [1840 50; SACERDOTAL + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • sacerdotalism — noun The belief that priests can act as mediators between God and mankind …   Wiktionary

  • SACERDOTALISM —    a tendency to attach undue importance to the order and the ministry of priests, to the limitation of the operation of Divine grace …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • sacerdotalism — belief that priests are necessary mediators between God and mankind Ecclesiastical Terms Philosophical Isms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • sacerdotalism — n. system of the priesthood; support for the priesthood, belief that emphasizes the powers of priests as fundamental mediators between God and human race,sac·er do·tal·ism || ‚sæsÉ™r dəʊtÉ™lɪzm /sækÉ™ dəʊtÉ™lɪzm …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sacerdotalism — n. Priest craft …   New dictionary of synonyms