Priestcraft

Priest"craft`

(?), n. Priestly policy; the policy of a priesthood; esp., in an ill sense, fraud or imposition in religious concerns; management by priests to gain wealth and power by working upon the religious motives or credulity of others.
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It is better that men should be governed by priestcraft than by violence.
Macaulay.
[1913 Webster]

 

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