- the Roman Catholic Church, especially its doctrines, ceremonies, and system of government.
Origin of popery
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Examples from the Web for popery
And chalk "No Popery" on your door to-morrow night, and for a week to come—that's all.'Barnaby Rudge
"The religion that's going among the Primitives these days is just Popery," said Csar.
"Popery, sir, clane Popery," he whispered across Grannie to Philip.
Popery is the vampire that is sucking the life-blood of the country.
We know what happens in every country where Popery gets the mastery.
- a derogatory name for Roman Catholicism
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Word Origin and History for popery
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