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caesaropapism: Meaning and Definition of

cae•sa•ro•pap•ism

Pronunciation: (s?"zu-r?-p?'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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