Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the craft of performing the duties of a priest
  • n. priestly policy directed towards worldly ends

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Priestly policy; the policy of a priesthood; esp., in an ill sense, fraud or imposition in religious concerns; management by priests to gain wealth and power by working upon the religious motives or credulity of others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Priestly policy or system of management based on temporal or material interest; the arts practised by selfish and ambitious priests to gain wealth and power, or to impose on the credulity of others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the skills involved in the work of a priest
  • n. a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs

Etymologies

priest” + “craft” (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In Florence, too, the hell-on-earth created by priestcraft is coarsely and pungently denounced: young Vespucci capers happily around the pyre on the day that Savonarola is burned and the reign of clerical puritan terror brought to a close.

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  • Here, if any where, the cloven foot shows itself and teaches us that the only solid stratum underlying priestcraft is one composed of £ s.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He’s engaged in priestcraft, using God to make money.

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  • Most of their priestcraft was a vulgar imposition upon the ignorance and credulity of the common people.

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  • I feel that it is not necessary for me to go further to convince any one of my readers that the lustfulness of the priestcraft is a menace to the chastity of womankind, for if this nun has told the truth, and which I know from past experiences is true, and which I also know is a recital that could be intensified ten thousand times over, if the whole truth could be told, but which cannot be told in this volume, as I have too much respect for my readers to recite what I have seen with my own eyes and what I have had repeated to me by broken-hearted "sisters" who have come to me with tears in their eyes and with sighs in their throats to tell me of their miseries.

    Thirty Years In Hell Or, From Darkness to Light

  • If they had, I should have suspected "priestcraft" and forgeries and third-century

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  • What he called "priestcraft" was abhorrent to him.

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  • Christ Jesus is the way of life, and he is a plain way, a pleasant way, a way suitable for the tottering feet and feeble knees of trembling sinners: am I found in this way, or am I hunting after another track such as priestcraft or metaphysics may promise me?

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