Definition of Romanist in English:


Line breaks: Ro¦man|ist
Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊmənɪst


  • 1An expert in or student of Roman antiquities or law, or of the Romance languages.
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    • A mixture of doctoral students setting out the direction of their research and established Romanists trying out new ideas present 12 essays.
  • 2chiefly • derogatory A member or supporter of the Roman Catholic Church: the guide of the Romanist is the dictum of the Pope
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    • Certainly, the burnings of Mary Tudor's reign had made the Romanists and Protestants more entrenched in their views.
    • The Romanists became even more bold, demanding to know why I believed that the Bible was the Word of God; demanding to know why I believed Sola Scriptura; even asking if I would be offended if they offered me a set of rosary beads.
    • The Anglican thinks to himself, ‘I'm not a Romanist bound by all that legalism, so I'm set.’


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  • Belonging or adhering to the Roman Catholic Church: most English Catholics were more royalist than Romanist
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    • I don't buy that this about Evangelicals suspicious of the Anglo-Catholic Romanist leanings.
    • Although Parliament alone could change this order, Mary's Romanist supporters began to celebrate mass as soon as she arrived in the capital.
    • All liturgics I can celebrate in Romanist basilicas.

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