- (among Roman Catholics) claiming to possess exclusively the notes or characteristics of the one, only, true, and universal church having unity, visibility, indefectibility, apostolic succession, universality, and sanctity: used in this sense, with these qualifications, only by the Church of Rome, as applicable only to itself and its adherents and to their faith and organization; often qualified, especially by those not acknowledging these claims, by prefixing the word Roman.
- (among Anglo-Catholics) noting or pertaining to the conception of the church as the body representing the ancient undivided Christian witness, comprising all the orthodox churches that have kept the apostolic succession of bishops, and including the Anglican Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Church of Sweden, the Old Catholic Church (in the Netherlands and elsewhere), etc.
Origin of Catholic
Related formsan·ti-Cath·o·lic, adjective, nounnon-Cath·o·lic, adjective, nounpro-Cath·o·lic, adjective, nounpseu·do-Cath·o·lic, adjective, noun
Examples from the Web for anti-catholic
The question was taken up by Peel, hitherto an anti-Catholic.London and the Kingdom - Volume III|Reginald R. Sharpe
But, as we have seen on the authority of writers conspicuous for their anti-Catholic bigotry, they did infinitely more.
At any moment of anti-Catholic excitement he might be arrested and clapped into prison.English Travellers of the Renaissance|Clare Howard
The smaller northern powers, Scandinavia and Holland, were anti-Catholic of course.Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2|Francis Marion Crawford
"Lilibullero," the anti-Catholic street song, was sung by thousands of excited lips.The Story Of Ireland|Emily Lawless