Adjective "sacerdotal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly.
  1. 'If anything, there was the feeling that there was something almost sacerdotal going on in the upper strata of the literary, and this could only be to the good.'
  2. 'The resulting properly pious disposition serves the earthly church by providing it with members who do not challenge sacerdotal authority.'
  3. 'The sacerdotal role of the Christian laity, whose spiritual sacrifice and virtuous life makes a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit, is placed in complete opposition to the formal procedures of the Roman clergy.'
  4. 'The New Testament writers freely mixed and blended legal and sacerdotal metaphors because they understood that neither kind of metaphor completely captures the full mystery of salvation.'
  5. 'Ahe covered herself with her hands and scurried to the altar and pulled the sacerdotal cloth from the stone offering table.'
  6. 'Buildings like the Pantheon or Hagia Sophia were devices that introduced light to grand interiors in ways that reinforced their sacerdotal purposes.'
  7. 'Psychologists call it transcendence, which has a suitably sacerdotal ring; and comprises traits of self-forgetfulness, connectedness to the natural world and mysticism.'
  8. 'Here the text refers to the ‘specific sacerdotal ministry of the clergy’ to which only men were ordained.'
  9. 'Although the lay possess no sacerdotal power and rely upon the priest as mediator between them and God, they do assist the priest in offering up the Mass through their collected prayers for the Eucharistic sacrifice.'


1. of priests; priestly.

More examples(as adjective)

"whites can be sacerdotal."

"statuses can be sacerdotal."

"powers can be sacerdotal."

"periods can be sacerdotal."

"intolerances can be sacerdotal."

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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin sacerdotalis, from sacerdos, sacerdot- ‘priest’.