- n a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs
- n the skills involved in the work of a priest
- In the 1820s and '30s, there was the Workingmen's Movement, pitted against the evils of "kingcraft, priestcraft and lawyercraft.
- Mark Twain in Philadelphia Inquirer
We were in the heart and home of priestcraft - of a happy, cheerful, contented ignorance, superstition, degradation, poverty, indolence, and everlasting unaspiring worthlessness,Twain wrote from rural Italy. "And we said fervently, it...