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[uhl-truh-mon-tn-iz-uh m]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. the policy of the party in the Roman Catholic Church that favors increasing and enhancing the power and authority of the pope.
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Compare Gallicanism.

Origin of ultramontanism

1820–30; < French ultramontanisme, equivalent to ultramontain ultramontane + -isme -ism
Related formsul·tra·mon·ta·nist, noun
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Historical Examples of ultramontanism

  • He lays more than the usual stress on Ultramontanism as an influence.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877


  • The growing democracy and the growing Ultramontanism came into collision.

    The History of Freedom

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

  • The sword of Loyola in the hands of his modern apostles has become a dagger—a weapon more suitable to Ultramontanism.

    Gwen Wynn

    Mayne Reid

  • Ireland has been for the last two generations brought into absolute captivity to the principles of ultramontanism.

  • He sinks the Conservative principles of the Reaction, and gives prominence only to its Ultramontanism.

British Dictionary definitions for ultramontanism


  1. RC Church the doctrine of central papal supremacyCompare Gallicanism
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Derived Formsultramontanist, noun
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