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sacerdotal +‎ -ism


sacerdotalism (countable and uncountable, plural sacerdotalisms)

  1. The spirit of the priesthood; devotion to priestly interests; priestcraft.
  2. The belief that priests can act as mediators between God and mankind.
    • 1895, Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure, Part 6, Chapter 3,[1]
      You make me hate Christianity, or mysticism, or Sacerdotalism, or whatever it may be called, if it’s that which has caused this deterioration in you.
    • 1898, Richard Francis Burton, The Jew, the Gypsy and El Islam, edited by W. H. Wilkins, London: Hutchinson, Chapter 5, p. 223,[2]
      [] they tell fortunes, which practice, confined to a certain caste but forbidden to others, seems to be a kind of sacerdotalism.
    • 1933, H. G. Wells, The Shape of Things to Come, Book 5, Chapter 9,[3]
      This was the phrase of that interesting mystic St. Paul (Saul) of Tarsus [] who did so much to pervert and enlarge the simpler cosmopolitan fraternalism of Jesus of Nazareth [] before it was finally overwhelmed and lost in the sacrificial sacerdotalism of formal Christianity.