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Meaning of clericalism

cler•i•cal•ism

Pronunciation: (kler'i-ku-liz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. clerical principles.
  2. clerical power or influence in government, politics, etc. (distinguished from laicism).
  3. support of such power or influence.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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