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ultramontane

Syllabification: ul·tra·mon·tane
Pronunciation: /ˌəltrəˌmänˈtān, -ˈmänˌtān
 
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Definition of ultramontane in English:

adjective

1Advocating supreme papal authority in matters of faith and discipline. Compare with Gallican.
Example sentences
  • Any priest who thinks he can dictate the political choices of his parishioners is living an ultramontane fantasy.
  • The new immigrants and these ultramontane clerics who came to serve them overwhelmed the small, relatively Americanized Catholic Church they found here.
  • Weigel's ultramontane effusions about John Paul II are warmly endorsed.
2Situated on the other side of the Alps from the point of view of the speaker.
Example sentences
  • The sun fell blinding white on the snowfields, and the dancing breeze swept ice crystals down from ultramontane glaciers.
  • These opinions were in opposition to the ideas which were called ultramontane.
  • Shatili is the best protected from ultramontane Khevsrian monuments.

noun

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A person advocating supreme papal authority.
Example sentences
  • A second and related set of tensions divided Gallicans, who insisted on the independence of the national Church, and ultramontanes, who were more respectful of papal authority.
  • You know what the categories are - ultramontane, gallican, liberal, integriste, laicite, anticlerical, etc. - they were virtually invented here, and they never change.
  • The so-called ultramontanes believed that the state should serve as the secular arm of the Church and enforce its monopoly of the truth against all rival ideologies.

Origin

late 16th century (denoting a representative of the Roman Catholic Church north of the Alps): from medieval Latin ultramontanus, from Latin ultra 'beyond' + mons, mont- 'mountain'.

Derivatives

ultramontanism

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Pronunciation: /-ˈmäntəˌnizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • But Milner's Catholicism was no mere ivory-tower ultramontanism.
  • The support for Mary, a universal saint, may sometimes have been at the expense of local cults, making Marian devotions a central element in the progress of ultramontanism.
  • To do this, he needed to single out the Catholics as being guilty of separatism and ultramontanism.

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