Priestcraft Priest"craft`, n. Priestly policy; the policy of a priesthood; esp., in an ill sense, fraud or imposition in religious concerns; management by priests to gain wealth and power by working upon the religious motives or credulity of others. [1913 Webster]

It is better that men should be governed by priestcraft than by violence. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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