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  1. Disparaging. a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. one versed in Roman institutions, law, etc.
  3. Also Ro·man·i·cist [roh-man-uh-sist] /roʊˈmæn ə sɪst/. a person versed in Romance languages, literature, or linguistics.
  4. Romanists, Fine Arts. a group of Flemish and Dutch painters of the 16th century who traveled to Italy and returned to Flanders and Holland with the style and techniques of the High Renaissance and of Mannerism.
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Origin of Romanist

From the New Latin word Romanista, dating back to 1515–25. See Roman, -ist
Related formsRo·man·is·tic, adjectivean·ti-Ro·man·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for romanist

Historical Examples of romanist

  • We have a splendid new Romanist Church in this little place.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • No Romanist will hear with patience of any national restoration of Israel.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • The inhabitants had been permitted to retain the Romanist religion.

  • The statutory religion (Romanist) was to be maintained for the meantime.

  • This lady was in religion a Romanist; by birth she was a Spanish Quadroon.

British Dictionary definitions for romanist


  1. a member of a Church, esp the Church of England, who favours or is influenced by Roman Catholicism
  2. a Roman Catholic
  3. a student of classical Roman civilization or law
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Derived FormsRomanistic, adjective
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