Meaning of caesaropapism

cae•sa•ro•pap•ism

Pronunciation: (sē"zu-rō-pā'piz-um), [key]
— n.
  1. the possession of supreme authority over church and state by one person, often by a secular ruler.
  2. the supremacy of the state over the church in ecclesiastical matters.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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