cler·​i·​cal·​ism | \ ˈkler-i-kə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce clericalism (audio) , ˈkle-ri- \

Definition of clericalism

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Fortuyn carried the torch of the Dutch tradition of anti-clericalism., "The new Dutch disease is white nationalism," 20 Mar. 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Clericalism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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