popery

[ poh-puh-ree ]
/ ˈpoʊ pə ri /

noun Disparaging.

the Roman Catholic Church, especially its doctrines, ceremonies, and system of government.

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Origin of popery

First recorded in 1525–35; pope + -ery

historical usage of popery

See papist.

OTHER WORDS FROM popery

an·ti·pop·er·y, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for popery

  • He did not even say that those who upheld what he calls 'tenets of Popery' were to be silenced.

    Oliver Cromwell|Samuel Rawson Gardiner

British Dictionary definitions for popery

popery
/ (ˈpəʊpərɪ) /

noun

a derogatory name for Roman Catholicism
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