AskDefine | Define priestcraft

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priestcraft

Noun

1 a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs
2 the skills involved in the work of a priest

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English

Etymology

priest” + “craft

Noun

  1. the craft of performing the duties of a priest
  2. priestly policy directed towards worldy ends
    • John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel:
      In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin, before polygamy was made a sin
    • Horace (Horatio) Smith, Address to a Mummy:
      Perhaps thou wert a priest,--if so, my struggles
      Are vain, for priestcraft never owns its juggles.
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