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


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

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“Phyletism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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