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adjective Disparaging.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Origin of popish

First recorded in 1520–30; pope + -ish1
Related formspop·ish·ly, adverbpop·ish·ness, noun

Usage note

See papist.
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Historical Examples

  • Are we to be under orders to pull down one of them Popish chapels—or what?'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • His advocacy of the Popish question was one of his romances.

  • It is unnecessary to go minutely into the details of the Popish Plot.

  • People grumbled that ‘Popish darts were whet afresh on a Dutch grindstone.’


    Andrew Lang

  • There is too much Popish superstition and worship of idols about him for my taste.

British Dictionary definitions for popish


  1. derogatory belonging to or characteristic of Roman Catholicism
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Derived Formspopishly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for popish


1520s, from pope + -ish.

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