church·​ism | \ˈchərˌchizəm, -ə̄ˌch-, -əiˌch-\
plural -s

Definition of churchism 

: strong adherence to church practices or beliefs, especially sectarian practices or beliefs

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First Known Use of churchism

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for churchism

church entry 1 + -ism

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