from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. dominated or plagued by priests.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Controlled or oppressed by priests.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Managed or governed by priests; entirely swayed by priests.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.
I believe it to be true, as some say, that we are now as much law-ridden as we were priest-ridden some ages ago.
Here the American comic atheist rises up: unencumbered, disenthralled, in rude existential health, not huddled palely in some priest-ridden twilight but soaking up the UV of reality.
They were as puritanical, censorious, and hypocritical as any priest-ridden Third Worlders could be, and in private -- because Buddy said he knew their most intimate thoughts -- every last one of them was racist.
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.”
This latter may be because the books are first-person narrated by Uhtred, who as a brash young warrior despises Alfred as a priest-ridden wimp, and I always want to see more than one point of view.
If your initial response to this question is to claim that this an absurd comparison and your mind conjures up a mental image of dark, priest-ridden monasteries where intellectuals and minorities were converted by the swords of the Spanish Inquisition and sold into slavery by the willing accomplices of the Church – the Conquistadors, then first, your understanding of history is not very strong and you are better off not having an opinion.
Inconveniently, this completely contradicts the fashionable caricature of the Afghan people as incorrigibly reactionary and irredeemably priest-ridden basketcases who want nothing of democracy or modernity and want Canadian soldiers the hell out, fast.
There is no doubt that Quebec was a priest-ridden society in 1960 but the cold revolution of the Liberals resulted primarily in the same people operating the same schools and hospitals for the benefit of the same population at 10 times the cost to the taxpayers because they ceased to be clerical personnel.
Well, this is the whole truth; the old woman is priest-ridden; they have persuaded her that it was high time to make sure of heaven, and the better to secure Saint Peter and his keys she pays before-hand.
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