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[kler-i-kuh-liz-uh m] /ˈklɛr ɪ kəˌlɪz əm/

power or influence in government, politics, etc. (distinguished from ).
support of such power or influence.
a policy of upholding the power of the clergy
the power of the clergy esp when excessively strong


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