IPA: sɑtʃˈɛrdˈoʊtʌɫɪzʌm


  • The spirit of the priesthood; devotion to priestly interests; priestcraft.
  • The belief that priests can act as mediators between God and humankind.

Examples of "sacerdotalism" in Sentences

  • Christ, a stranger to all religious practices, and breathing defiance against "sacerdotalism" and "theocracy".
  • Jesus of Nazareth (- 4-30 C.E.) before it was finally overwhelmed and lost in the sacrificial sacerdotalism of formal Christianity.
  • "sacerdotalism" with the distinctive work of the Christian ministry; and both passages speak obviously in the tone of figure and, so to say, poetry.
  • We properly apply the term sacerdotalism to any system the spirit of which seeks to place a human being in any intermediate character between God and man.
  • It was a fixed moral code and a fixed theology which robbed the human race of a thousand years by wasting them upon alchemy, heretic-burning, witchcraft and sacerdotalism.
  • From the approbation his Lordship has bestowed upon persistent law-breakers, we cannot feel any confidence that he will exercise his authority to stem the tide of unreasoning sacerdotalism.
  • This and the next rhetorical question, which seem to make the rest of the sonnet entirely unnecessary "and a good thing, too," I can hear some readers saying, suggest that the English may need to remind themselves of their natural immunity to all forms of sacerdotalism.
  • Page 166 when the notion of sacerdotalism is scattered from before his clouded vision, when transmitted ethnic fetichism is eradicated from his religion, and the virility of his nature, bared of empty forms of righteousness, is breathed upon by the spirit of God himself.
  • There are processions of red and yellow lamas; every act in trade, agriculture, and social life needs the sanction of sacerdotalism; whatever exists of wealth is in the gonpos, which also have a monopoly of learning, and 11,000 monks closely linked with the laity, yet ruling all affairs of life and death and beyond death, are all connected by education, tradition, and authority with

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