caesaropapism

noun, often capitalized cae·sa·ro·pa·pism \¦sēzə(ˌ)rōˈpāˌpizəm\

Definition of caesaropapism

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  exercise of supreme authority over ecclesiastical matters by a secular ruler

  2. 2 :  government in which the church is subordinate to the state or a secular ruler — compare byzantinism, erastianism

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Origin and Etymology of caesaropapism

caesar + -o- + Late Latin papa pope + English -ism — more at pope


First Known Use: 1862


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