popery

[ poh-puh-ree ]
/ ˈpoʊ pə ri /

noun Disparaging.

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

Nearby words

  1. pope, john russell,
  2. popedom,
  3. popeline,
  4. popemobile,
  5. popera,
  6. popette,
  7. popeye,
  8. popeye catalufa,
  9. popeyed,
  10. popgun

Origin of popery

First recorded in 1525–35; pope + -ery

Related formsan·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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Word Origin and History for popery

popery

n.

1530s, a hostile coinage of the Reformation, from pope + -ery.

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