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A person whose religious beliefs are influenced by politics, or who takes political action on the strength of religious beliefs.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Examiner. From politico- + religionist, after politico-religious.
politico religionist/pəˌlɪtɪkəʊ rɪˈlɪdʒənɪst//pəˌlɪtɪkəʊ rɪˈlɪdʒ(ə)nɪst/
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