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[an-tee-kler-i-kuh l, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈklɛr ɪ kəl, ˌæn taɪ-/
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 forms
anticlericalism, noun
anticlericalist, noun Unabridged
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  • 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
  • The anticlerical press of Paris was insisting that the cardinal's stay in the French capital was of sinister import.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • General Plaza continued the anticlerical policy of his predecessor.

British Dictionary definitions for anticlerical


opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics
a supporter of an anticlerical party
Derived Forms
anticlericalism, noun
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