opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs.
- an·ti·cler·i·cal·ism, noun
- an·ti·cler·i·cal·ist, noun
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How to use anticlerical in a sentence
How did it become the anticlerical, ego-theistic literature of today?
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 | Rob Verger | March 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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
But the priest––did you not say only last week that he himself had published a book violently anticlerical in tone?
It begins as he intended, anticlerical; and so it will run for a while.
British Dictionary definitions for anticlerical
opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics
a supporter of an anticlerical party
- anticlericalism, noun
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