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From caesar +‎ -o- +‎ papism.

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caesaropapism (plural caesaropapisms)

  1. The combination of state (originally imperial) power with religious authority; state authority over ecclesiastical matters.
    • 2016, Peter H. Wilson, The Holy Roman Empire, Penguin 2017, p. 148:
      Shari'a civil law and Ottoman secular fiscal and administrative practice were all combined with Byzantine Caesaropapism, entrenching the ruler as legislator and inhibiting the transition to the rule of law ultimately made in the Empire.

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