Dictionary

clericalism

noun cler·i·cal·ism \ˈkler-i-kə-ˌli-zəm, ˈkle-ri-\

Definition of CLERICALISM

:  a policy of maintaining or increasing the power of a religious hierarchy

First Known Use of CLERICALISM

1864

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: clericalistPrevious Word in the Dictionary: clerical errorAll Words Near: clericalism
May 24, 2015
erudite Hear it
learned or pedantic
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears