adjective Disparaging.

of, relating to, or characteristic of the Roman Catholic Church.

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

1520s, from pope + -ish.

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