phyletism

noun

phy·​le·​tism
ˈfīlətˌizəm
plural -s
: nationalism applied to ecclesiastical affairs
specifically : a doctrine that a nationality should be served by its own independent ecclesiastical administration even on the territory of another church

Word History

Etymology

New Greek phyletismos, from Greek phyletēs fellow tribesman (from phylē tribe, clan, phyle) + -ismos -ism

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“Phyletism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phyletism. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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