Definition of Caesaropapism

1. Noun. The doctrine that the state is supreme over the church in ecclesiastical matters.

Exact synonyms: Byzantinism, Erastianism
Generic synonyms: Theological Doctrine

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Caesaropapism

Caesar's mushroom
Caesar's mushrooms
Caesar cipher
Caesar salad
Caesar salads
Caesarea Mazaca
Caesarean section
Caesarean sections
Caffey's disease
Caffey's syndrome
Caffey-Kempe syndrome
Caffey-Silverman syndrome
Cagot ear
Caiman lizard
Caiman lizards
Caiman sclerops

Literary usage of Caesaropapism

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1. A History of the Later Roman Empire: From Arcadius to Irene (395 A.D. to 800 by John Bagnell Bury (1889)
"... XI JUSTINIAN'S caesaropapism THE absolutism of Justinian extended to the ecclesiastical world, and in church as well as in state history he occupies a ..."

2. The Spirit of Russia: Studies in History, Literature and Philosophy by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1919)
"The caesaropapism of Byzantium was revived by Moscow, and the third Rome became a perfected theocracy. In Moscow as in the west the outlook on life and the ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"These existed in England before the Reformation and have survived it ; they likewise existed in Germany, but were crushed out by Protestant caesaropapism, ..."

4. The History of the Balkan Peninsula: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day by Ferdinand Schevill (1922)
"Clearly, however, this caesaropapism, as his unlimited control of both church and state has rather lumberingly been called, was not in accordance with ..."

5. A Source Book for Ancient Church History: From the Apostolic Age to the by Joseph Cullen Ayer (1913)
"This position of the Emperor in relation to the Church is known as caesaropapism. (See Bury, Later Roman Empire, chap. XI.) The ecclesiastical legislation ..."

6. The History of English Rationalism in the Nineteenth Century by Alfred William Benn (1906)
"A long name, caesaropapism, has been coined to stigmatise such a competing claim where it is still put forward. On the abstract question a rationalist will ..."

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