Etymology
Advertisement

sacerdotal (adj.)

"of or belonging to priests or the priesthood," c. 1400, from Old French sacerdotal and directly from Latin sacerdotalis "of or pertaining to a priest," from sacerdos (genitive sacerdotis) "priest," literally "offerer of sacrifices or sacred gifts," from sacer "holy" (see sacred) + stem of dare "to give" (from PIE root *do- "to give"). Related: Sacerdotalism "methods of priests; devotion to the interests of priests," in 19c. often in a bad sense, "priestcraft."

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of sacerdotal

sacerdotal (adj.)
of or relating to a belief in sacerdotalism;
sacerdotal emphasis on the authority of priests
sacerdotal (adj.)
associated with the priesthood or priests;
priestly (or sacerdotal) vestments
Synonyms: priestly / hieratic / hieratical
From wordnet.princeton.edu