Definition of "sacerdotal" [sac•er•do•tal]

  • Of or relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to sacerdotalism. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of priests (adjective)

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Use "sacerdotal" in a sentence
  • "There is in them also something which recalls, not only by citations, but still more by the very inspiration of the thought, that which we call the sacerdotal prayer of Christ."
  • "Their enumeration among abuses, in the second place, of the celibacy of the clergy, and the manner in which their priests marry and persuade others to marry, are verily matters worthy of astonishment, since they call sacerdotal celibacy an abuse, when that which is directly contrary, the violation of celibacy and the illicit transition to marriage, deserves to be called the worst abuse in priests."
  • "Comte had also no small sympathy with the Oriental theocracies, as he calls the sacerdotal castes, who indeed often deserved it by their early services to intellect and civilization; by the aid they gave to the establishment of regular government, the valuable though empirical knowledge they accumulated, and the height to which they helped to carry some of the useful arts."