sacerdotal

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adjective sac·er·do·tal \ˌsa-sər-ˈdō-təl, ˌsa-kər-\

Definition of sacerdotal

  1. 1 :  of or relating to priests or a priesthood :  priestly sacerdotal robes sacerdotal authority

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or suggesting sacerdotalism

sacerdotally

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Examples of sacerdotal in a sentence

  1. sacerdotal garments such as a cassock and miter

Did You Know?

Sacerdotal is one of a host of English words derived from the Latin adjective sacer, meaning "sacred." Other words derived from "sacer" include "desecrate," "sacrifice," "sacrilege," "consecrate," "sacrament," and even "execrable" (developed from the Latin word exsecrari, meaning "to put under a curse"). One unlikely "sacer" descendant is "sacrum," referring to the series of five vertebrae in the lower back connected to the pelvis. In Latin this bone was called the "os sacrum," or "holy bone," a translation of the Greek hieron osteon.

Origin and Etymology of sacerdotal

Middle English, from Medieval French, from Latin sacerdotalis, from sacerdot-, sacerdos priest, from sacer sacred + -dot-, -dos (akin to facere to make) — more at sacred, do


First Known Use: 15th century

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