Priestcraft is the method that a priest uses, generally referring to a negative action.
An example of priestcraft is a cruel method that a bad priest uses to scare the congregation.
the craft, methods, etc. of priests: now usually with reference to the unscrupulous use of a priestly office
(usually uncountable, plural priestcrafts)
- One of his great merits is that he was the first to dissociate medicine from priestcraft, and to direct exclusive attention to the natural history of disease.
- The bitterness of his outspoken invective against the clergy, against all priestcraft and priesthood, was a new feature in deistic literature, and injured the author more than it furthered his cause.
- Against superstition, fanaticism and priestcraft they protested unceasingly.