phyletism

noun phy·le·tism \ˈfīlətˌizəm\

Definition of phyletism

plural

-s

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of phyletism

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


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