[roh-muh-niz-uh m]

Origin of Romanism

First recorded in 1665–75; Roman + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for romanism

Catholicism, Catholicity, Romanism, papistry, popery

Examples from the Web for romanism

Historical Examples of romanism

  • If Romanism is to be the religion of the State, let it be allied with Absolutism.

  • On one side, indeed, the Reformation was a return to Hellenism from Romanism.

  • Romanism has driven us to the opposite extreme in our ideas of sacraments.

  • A combat with Romanism might even yet win for her and Theobald the crown of martyrdom.

  • It was here that John Wycliffe thundered against the Romanism of his day.


    Frederick Douglas How

British Dictionary definitions for romanism


  1. Roman Catholicism, esp when regarded as excessively or superstitiously ritualistic
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Word Origin and History for romanism



"Roman Catholicism" (usually, if not always, with a disparaging savor; in some contexts suggesting political allegiance to the Vatican), 1670s, from Roman + -ism.

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