popery

[ poh-puh-ree ]
/ ˈpoʊ pə ri /

noun Disparaging.

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

Origin of popery

First recorded in 1525–35; pope + -ery

Related forms

an·ti·pop·er·y, noun

Usage note

See papist.
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Examples 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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