- a Roman Catholic.
Origin of papist
Papist and its derivatives such as papism date back to the Protestant Reformation. These and related terms such as popish and popery are still sometimes used by Protestants to show contempt for Roman Catholic practices and tenets.
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Examples from the Web for papist
You surely are not papist enough to think that means a minister is not to marry?Salted With Fire
I have said already that he was a papist only when it suited him.Captain Blood
The Papist clergy say that the poverty of the country is due to English rule.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Do you think he's going to give over this country to a papist?Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
But surely, Orige, surely thou wouldst never have our own child a Papist?Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
- usually derogatory another term for Roman Catholic
C16: from French papiste, from Church Latin pāpa pope 1
Word Origin and History for papist
1530s, "adherent of the pope," from Middle French papiste, from papa "pope," from Church Latin papa (see pope).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper