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[gal-i-kuh-niz-uh m]
  1. the movement or body of doctrines, chiefly associated with the Gallican church, advocating the restriction of papal authority in certain matters.
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Origin of Gallicanism

From the French word Gallicanisme, dating back to 1855–60. See Gallican, -ism
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Examples from the Web for gallicanism

Historical Examples

  • Now drop your research into Gallicanism and French ecclesiastical history.

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • He was a defender of Gallicanism—indeed, he was suspected of Jansenist leanings—and a man of great benevolence in private life.

  • Gallicanism was an illogical doctrine, containing implicitly the denial of the papal supremacy.

  • Gallicanism is extinct, but results are all against the Reactionary theory.

  • All forms of Gallicanism were distasteful to Acton, and he looked to the future for the victory of his ideas.

    The History of Freedom

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

British Dictionary definitions for gallicanism


  1. a movement among French Roman Catholic clergy that favoured the restriction of papal control and greater autonomy for the French churchCompare ultramontanism
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