Etymology
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priestcraft (n.)

late 15c., "business of being a priest, exercise of priestly functions," from priest + craft (n.). After rise of Protestantism and the Enlightenment, it acquired a pejorative sense of "arts and devices of ambitious priests for attaining and holding temporal power and social control" (1680s).

updated on November 01, 2020

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Definitions of priestcraft from WordNet

priestcraft (n.)
a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs;
priestcraft (n.)
the skills involved in the work of a priest;
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