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papistry

[pey-puh-stree]
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noun Disparaging.
  1. the Roman Catholic Church.

Origin of papistry

First recorded in 1540–50; papist + -ry

Usage note

See papist.
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Examples from the Web for papistry

Historical Examples

  • As for me, I have been hauled before the courts on a charge of Papistry.

    London

    Walter Besant

  • Not one of all who heard him that day ever gave ear again to papistry.

  • The first book exhibits the struggles of the Reformation with papistry.

  • Sometimes the most sincere of Protestants in sickness "relapsed into papistry."

  • The earlier members of the Leighton family had shared the dislike of their fellow townsmen for anything approaching “papistry.”

    The Gilded Man

    Clifford Smyth