[German koo l-toor-kahmpf]
  1. the conflict between the German imperial government and the Roman Catholic Church from 1872 or 1873 until 1886, chiefly over the control of education and ecclesiastical appointments.

Origin of Kulturkampf

< German: culture struggle, equivalent to Kultur culture + Kampf battle, struggle (cognate with Old English camp); see camp1, kemp1
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  • The "Kulturkampf," as such, had come to an end before the beginning of my reign.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs

    William II, German Emperor

  • In the Kulturkampf his position was the exact antithesis to that of Bismarck.

    The War Upon Religion

    Rev. Francis A. Cunningham

  • His part in the Kulturkampf, we shall review in the succeeding paragraphs.

    The War Upon Religion

    Rev. Francis A. Cunningham

  • The Chancellor could declare, in 1877, that the Kulturkampf was then at its zenith.

    The War Upon Religion

    Rev. Francis A. Cunningham

  • The Kulturkampf banished them from their native land and they had to continue their labors in exile.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for kulturkampf


  1. the struggle of the Prussian state against the Roman Catholic Church (1872–87), which took the form of laws designed to bring education, marriage, etc, under the control of the state

Word Origin for Kulturkampf

German: culture struggle
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Word Origin and History for kulturkampf



1879, originally in reference to the struggle between the German government and the Catholic Church over control of educational and ecclesiastical appointments, 1872-86, German, literally "struggle for culture," from Kultur + Kampf "combat, fight, struggle," from Latin campus "field, battlefield" (see campus).

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