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popery

[poh-puh-ree]
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noun Disparaging.
  1. the Roman Catholic Church, especially its doctrines, ceremonies, and system of government.

Origin of popery

First recorded in 1525–35; pope + -ery
Related formsan·ti·pop·er·y, noun

Usage note

See papist.
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Examples from the Web for popery

Historical Examples

  • And chalk "No Popery" on your door to-morrow night, and for a week to come—that's all.'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • "The religion that's going among the Primitives these days is just Popery," said Csar.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • "Popery, sir, clane Popery," he whispered across Grannie to Philip.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Popery is the vampire that is sucking the life-blood of the country.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • We know what happens in every country where Popery gets the mastery.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)


British Dictionary definitions for popery

popery

noun
  1. a derogatory name for Roman Catholicism
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Word Origin and History for popery

n.

1530s, a hostile coinage of the Reformation, from pope + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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