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ultramontanism

[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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Examples from the Web for ultramontanism

Historical Examples of ultramontanism

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

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877

    Various

  • 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

ultramontanism

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