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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A policy of supporting the power and influence of the clergy in political or secular matters.

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  • n. political or secular power invested in members of the clergy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An excessive devotion to the interests of the sacerdotal order; undue influence of the clergy; sacerdotalism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Clerical power or influence; especially, the undue influence of the clergy, or support of such influence; sacerdotalism.

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

  • n. a policy of supporting the influence and power of the clergy in secular or political matters

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