American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly.
- adj. Of or relating to sacerdotalism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to priests or the priesthood; priestly: as, sacerdotal dignity; sacerdotal functions or garments; sacerdotal character.
- adj. Of or relating to priests or a high religious order; priestly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to priests, or to the order of priests; relating to the priesthood; priesty.
- adj. of or relating to a belief in sacerdotalism
- adj. associated with the priesthood or priests
- From Latin sacerdōtālis ("priestly"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sacerdōtālis, from sacerdōs, sacerdōt-, priest; see sak- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There is in them also something which recalls, not only by citations, but still more by the very inspiration of the thought, that which we call the sacerdotal prayer of Christ.”
“Their enumeration among abuses, in the second place, of the celibacy of the clergy, and the manner in which their priests marry and persuade others to marry, are verily matters worthy of astonishment, since they call sacerdotal celibacy an abuse, when that which is directly contrary, the violation of celibacy and the illicit transition to marriage, deserves to be called the worst abuse in priests.”
“Comte had also no small sympathy with the Oriental theocracies, as he calls the sacerdotal castes, who indeed often deserved it by their early services to intellect and civilization; by the aid they gave to the establishment of regular government, the valuable though empirical knowledge they accumulated, and the height to which they helped to carry some of the useful arts.”
“And that city was also sacerdotal, that is to say, sanctuary of the tribe of”
“He acts not in virtue of any magical powers inherent in himself, either as an individual or as a member of any so-called sacerdotal caste.”
“The "sacerdotal" or "ministerial" priesthood, which is a manifestation of the hierarchy's Petrine charism of teaching, sanctifying, and governing authority, exists solely to serve and facilitate the Marian charism of all believers.”
“To associate its spiritual or "sacerdotal" function with its national one "is to be considered as ... a mis-growth of ignorance and oppression.”
“The poems always are spoken of as 'sacerdotal', ritualistic, without the slightest attempt to see whether this be true of all or of some alone.”
“The origin of their name is involved in great difficulties, but the most satisfactory conjecture is that the Sadducees or Zadokites were originally identical with the sons of Zadok, and constituted what may be termed a kind of sacerdotal aristocracy, this Zadok being the priest who declared in favor of Solomon when Abiathar took the part of Adonijah.”
“As propinquity would have it, Muslims just the other day offered an example of what he would have burned holes his typewriter ribbon exposing as unnecessarily sacrosanct, "sacerdotal," and a candidate for ribald and deserved offensiveness.”
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