transitive verb cler·i·cal·ize \ˈklerə̇kəˌlīz, -rēk-\

Definition of clericalize


  1. :  to cause to become clerical or be influenced by clericalism

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Origin and Etymology of clericalize

French cléricaliser, from clérical + -iser -ize

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a trip made at another's expense

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