[uhl-truh-mon-tn-iz-uh m]

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

the policy of the party in the Roman Catholic Church that favors increasing and enhancing the power and authority of the pope.

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