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or pa·pis·tic

[pey-pis-ti-kuh l or pey-pis-tik; puh-]
adjective Disparaging.
  1. of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church.
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Origin of papistical

1530–40; probably < Middle French papistique (see papist, -ic) + -al1
Related formspa·pis·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·pa·pis·tic, adjectivean·ti·pa·pis·ti·cal, adjectivenon·pa·pis·tic, adjectivenon·pa·pis·ti·cal, adjective

Usage note

See papist.
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Examples from the Web for papistical

Historical Examples

  • Together with some Papistical laws which have confirmed the same.

    The First Blast of the Trumpet against the monstrous regiment of Women

    John Knox

  • Drake was quite shocked when he saw this Papistical arrangement.

  • Nay,” she said, “it is not we that flout him, but these Papistical knaves which do flout us for his sake.

    Robin Tremayne

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • What papistical abominations have you been teaching the child, Kitty?

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • "Papistical baptism is worse than none," the Major said, impressively.


    R. D. Blackmore