from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The belief that priests act as mediators between God and humans.

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  • n. The belief that priests can act as mediators between God and mankind

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The system, style, spirit, or character, of a priesthood, or sacerdotal order; devotion to the interests of the sacerdotal order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sacerdotal system or spirit; the methods or spirit of the priesthood; devotion to the interests or system of the priesthood; in a bad sense, priestcraft.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a belief that priests can act as mediators between human beings and God


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  • 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.

    Clara Maynard The True and the False - A Tale of the Times

  • 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.

    The American Negro: What He Was, What He Is, and What He May Become: A Critical and Practical Discussion

  • Christ, a stranger to all religious practices, and breathing defiance against "sacerdotalism" and "theocracy".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • "sacerdotalism" with the distinctive work of the Christian ministry; and both passages speak obviously in the tone of figure and, so to say, poetry.

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  • 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.

    Bishop of the Poor: Edward King reinvented the role of diocesan bishop

  • 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.

    The Little Professor:

  • Jesus of Nazareth (- 4-30 C.E.) before it was finally overwhelmed and lost in the sacrificial sacerdotalism of formal Christianity.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • 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.

    Easter Lemming Liberal News

  • 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

    Among the Tibetans

  • In other words, sacerdotalism was at an end; and it was Calvin rather than Luther who broke the power of priests.



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