• WordNet 3.6
    • n sacerdotalism a belief that priests can act as mediators between human beings and God
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sacerdotalism The system, style, spirit, or character, of a priesthood, or sacerdotal order; devotion to the interests of the sacerdotal order.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sacerdotalism 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sacerdotalism the spirit of the priesthood: devotion to priestly interests, priestcraft: the belief that the presbyter is a priest in the sense of offering a sacrifice in the eucharist
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sacerdos, a priest—sacer, sacred, dăre, to give.


In literature:

Mark also, Luke, and John, sounded with their single sacerdotal trumpets.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Wrapped in his sacerdotal cloak, he stands above any effective criticism.
"The American Credo" by George Jean Nathan
The sacerdotal office of the priest, is anti-christian.
"Conversion of a High Priest into a Christian Worker" by Meletios Golden
Neither Sacerdotalism nor Atheism can hold its ground before the celestial burnings.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
Sacerdotal celibacy was a case of asceticism.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
A priest in his sacerdotal robes was in attendance.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
The second column was commanded by a majestic matron, whose noble figure was clothed in a sacerdotal robe.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
There was nothing yet of sacerdotalism.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
They have put forward sacerdotal pretensions little, if at all, inferior to those of Rome.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
It was the vindication of human freedom against royal and sacerdotal despotism.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
He was the last man in the world to adopt a system of sacerdotal interference.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The sacerdotal quality of old age comes from this same sympathy in disinterestedness.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
The purely sacerdotal qualities, good or bad, were at a minimum.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
But the organization of Roman society was not favorable to the development of specifically sacerdotal influence.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
They seem to have been chiefly struck with the sort of sacerdotal caste to which they gave the name of Chaldaioi.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
But this is but a part of the great sacerdotal army encamped in Piedmont.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
The prelate had hastily donned his sacerdotal robes.
"The Iron Arrow Head or The Buckler Maiden" by Eugène Sue
Methought I could trace the cut of his sacerdotal maskings, even afar off.
"The Infidel, Vol. II." by Robert Montgomery Bird
The sacerdotal conception of God at Rome and Athens was lower yet.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
The noblest families (including that of the monarch) had the exclusive privilege of occupying the highest sacerdotal offices.
"Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by the Native Religions of Mexico and Peru" by Albert Réville

In poetry:

Allor dei vate--batte` sull'omero
Il sacerdote,--la cerea tavola
Colla destra additando,
E disse sogghignando:
"Anacreonte" by Ferdinando Fontana
Un sacerdote--dall'occhio linceo
Di la` passava;--vide l'insolito
Vate nel sacro albergo
E gli si fece a tergo.
"Anacreonte" by Ferdinando Fontana
Or, have they come to celebrate
Some sacred sacerdotal rite;
By civic feast, to emulate
Some deed, on history's pages bright?
Or can this grand occasion be
Some battle's anniversary?
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
God fends and fights in each of us;
His altars we, or bright or dim;
So with no sacerdotal fuss
But worthy act let's worship Him:
Goodness is Godness - let us be
Deserving of Divinity.
"God's Battleground" by Robert W Service
So spake Esaias: so, in words of flame,
Tekoa's prophet-herdsman smote with blame
The traffickers in men, and put to shame,
All earth and heaven before,
The sacerdotal robbers of the poor.
"To George B. Cheever" by John Greenleaf Whittier