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[pey-pist] /ˈpeɪ pɪst/ Disparaging.
a Roman Catholic.
Origin of papist
1515-25; earlier papista < New Latin. See pope, -ist
Related forms
papistlike, adjective
papistly, adverb
antipapist, noun, adjective
nonpapist, noun
propapist, noun, adjective
Usage note
Papist and its derivatives such as papism date back to the Protestant Reformation. These and related terms such as popish and popery are still sometimes used by Protestants to show contempt for Roman Catholic practices and tenets. Unabridged
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noun, adjective (often capital)
generally (derogatory) another term for Roman Catholic
Derived Forms
papistical, papistic, adjective
papistry, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French papiste, from Church Latin pāpapope1
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Word Origin and History for papist

1530s, "adherent of the pope," from Middle French papiste, from papa "pope," from Church Latin papa (see pope).

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