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adjective Disparaging.
  1. of or relating to Rome as the center of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Origin of Romish

First recorded in 1525–35; Rome + -ish1
Related formsRom·ish·ly, adverbRom·ish·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of romish

  • This I took to my room, and used in place of the Romish book.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It was in this ardour of spirit that he adopted the Romish cause.

  • He then asked me if I believed as the Romish church believed.

  • In many things he sees the Romish church to be wrong, and in some things he thinks we are so.

  • In all the Romish worship the blessed virgin is a principal object of adoration.

British Dictionary definitions for romish


  1. usually derogatory of, relating to, or resembling Roman Catholic beliefs or practices
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Word Origin and History for romish



"Roman-Catholic," 1530s, from Rome + -ish.

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