plural -s
often capitalized
: exercise of supreme authority over ecclesiastical matters by a secular ruler
: government in which the church is subordinate to the state or a secular ruler compare byzantinism , erastianism

Word History


caesar + -o- + Late Latin papa pope + English -ism

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of caesaropapism was in 1862

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“Caesaropapism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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