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 the members of the priesthood are exalted in the ministry of religion, and in the church.

Napoleon Bonaparte was a famous anti-sacerdotalist.


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  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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