ultramontanism

[ uhl-truh-mon-tn-iz-uhm ]
/ ˌʌl trəˈmɒn tnˌɪz əm /

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.

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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
Compare Gallicanism.

Origin of ultramontanism

1820–30; <French ultramontanisme, equivalent to ultramontainultramontane + -isme-ism

OTHER WORDS FROM ultramontanism

ul·tra·mon·ta·nist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ultramontanism

ultramontanism
/ (ˌʌltrəˈmɒntɪˌnɪzəm) /

noun

RC Church the doctrine of central papal supremacyCompare Gallicanism

Derived forms of ultramontanism

ultramontanist, noun
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