[ an-tee-kler-i-kuh l, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tiˈklɛr ɪ kəl, ˌæn taɪ- /


opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs.

Origin of anticlerical

First recorded in 1835–45; anti- + clerical

OTHER WORDS FROM anticlerical

an·ti·cler·i·cal·ism, nounan·ti·cler·i·cal·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for anticlericalism

/ (ˌæntɪˈklɛrɪkəl) /


opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics


a supporter of an anticlerical party

Derived forms of anticlerical

anticlericalism, noun
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