papist

[pey-pist]Disparaging.
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noun

a Roman Catholic.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. papillote,
  2. papillotomy,
  3. papinian,
  4. papish,
  5. papism,
  6. papistical,
  7. papistly,
  8. papistry,
  9. papoose,
  10. papoose-root

Origin of papist

1515–25; earlier papista < New Latin. See pope, -ist

Related forms

Usage note

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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British Dictionary definitions for papist

papist

noun, adjective (often capital)

usually derogatory another term for Roman Catholic
Derived Formspapistical or papistic, adjectivepapistry, noun

Word Origin for papist

C16: from French papiste, from Church Latin pāpa pope 1

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Word Origin and History for papist

papist

n.

1530s, "adherent of the pope," from Middle French papiste, from papa "pope," from Church Latin papa (see pope).

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