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anticlerical

[an-tee-kler-i-kuh l, an-tahy-]
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adjective
  1. opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs.

Origin of anticlerical

First recorded in 1835–45; anti- + clerical
Related formsan·ti·cler·i·cal·ism, nounan·ti·cler·i·cal·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for anticlerical

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Historical Examples

  • It begins as he intended, anticlerical; and so it will run for a while.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • How could Wenceslas interpret this but as an anticlerical uprising?

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • Nominally acting for the Government; at heart, anticlerical.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • Michelet and Quinet had added to their democratic zeal the passions connected with an anticlerical campaign.

  • Even in this critical moment the officer could not drop the anticlerical rhetoric and pompous style that he always adopted.

    The Fourth Estate, vol.1

    Armando Palacio Valds


British Dictionary definitions for anticlerical

anticlerical

adjective
  1. opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics
noun
  1. a supporter of an anticlerical party
Derived Formsanticlericalism, noun
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