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popish

[poh-pish]
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adjective Disparaging.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Origin of popish

First recorded in 1520–30; pope + -ish1
Related formspop·ish·ly, adverbpop·ish·ness, noun

Usage note

See papist.
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Examples from the Web for popish

Historical Examples

  • Are we to be under orders to pull down one of them Popish chapels—or what?'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • His advocacy of the Popish question was one of his romances.

  • It is unnecessary to go minutely into the details of the Popish Plot.

  • People grumbled that ‘Popish darts were whet afresh on a Dutch grindstone.’

    Oxford

    Andrew Lang

  • There is too much Popish superstition and worship of idols about him for my taste.


British Dictionary definitions for popish

popish

adjective
  1. derogatory belonging to or characteristic of Roman Catholicism
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Derived Formspopishly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for popish

adj.

1520s, from pope + -ish.

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