Presbyterianism
Presbyterianism Pres`by*te"ri*an*ism, n. [Cf. F. presbyt['e]rianisme.] That form of church government which invests presbyters with all spiritual power, and admits no prelates over them; also, the faith and polity of the Presbyterian churches, taken collectively. [1913 Webster]

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