anticlerical

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

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

Nearby words

  1. anticipative,
  2. anticipatory,
  3. anticipatory assimilation,
  4. anticity,
  5. anticlastic,
  6. anticlimactic,
  7. anticlimax,
  8. anticlinal,
  9. anticline,
  10. anticlinorium

Origin of anticlerical

First recorded in 1835–45; anti- + clerical

Related formsan·ti·cler·i·cal·ism, nounan·ti·cler·i·cal·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for anticlericalism

anticlerical

/ (ˌæntɪˈklɛrɪkəl) /

adjective

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

noun

a supporter of an anticlerical party
Derived Formsanticlericalism, noun

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