[an-tee-kler-i-kuh l, an-tahy-]
- opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs.
Origin of anticlerical
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Examples from the Web for anticlerical
How did it become the anticlerical, ego-theistic literature of today?How the American Novel Lost Its Religion
Philip F. Gura
April 18, 2013
The Vatican has also defended the pontiff, calling the charges a fantasy of “the anticlerical left.”Siete Things to Know About Pope Francis & Argentina’s Dirty War
March 15, 2013
It begins as he intended, anticlerical; and so it will run for a while.
How could Wenceslas interpret this but as an anticlerical uprising?
Nominally acting for the Government; at heart, anticlerical.
Michelet and Quinet had added to their democratic zeal the passions connected with an anticlerical campaign.A History of French Literature
Even in this critical moment the officer could not drop the anticlerical rhetoric and pompous style that he always adopted.The Fourth Estate, vol.1
Armando Palacio Valds
- opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics
- a supporter of an anticlerical party
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