Definition of clericalism in US English:

clericalism

noun

  • (especially in Roman Catholic contexts) the misuse or overextension of the clergy's authority.

    ‘when we attack and condemn clericalism, we must take care not to attack and condemn priests as such’

Pronunciation

clericalism

/ˈklɛrəkəlˌɪzəm//ˈklerəkəlˌizəm/