Definition of papist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪpɪst/
chiefly derogatory


1A Roman Catholic.
Example sentences
  • Priests and nuns were known to kidnap Baptists and force them to become papists.
  • Past historians evaluated him either as a secret papist who corrupted the church or as the martyr of true Anglicanism.
  • In November of that year the newly appointed Anglican Archbishop of Armagh, James Ussher, and his suffragan bishops issued a statement declaring that the ‘religion of papists is superstitious and idolatrous erroneous and heretical.’
1.1 another term for papalist.
Example sentences
  • He acknowledged that some would accuse him of being a papist who wanted to introduce Roman Catholicism into the diocese because of his support of Sellon and her orphanage.


Relating to or associated with the Roman Catholic Church.
Example sentences
  • But, in spite of the labours of the past 50 years by Evangelicals, Mexico is still a country ‘more papist than the pope’.
  • This movie was made by a devoted Roman Catholic with the advice of papist theologians, and is endorsed by Pope John Paul II.
  • The play deals, in effect, with prejudicial notions about papist belief, and Calvinist critiques of that belief system, mediated and popularised into commonly held views that would find natural assent from a contemporary audience.



Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪpɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • Dunbar balanced his apparently cavalier attitude towards the Kirk by occasionally cracking down on papism, a proven means of garnering positive public opinion without risking controversy.
  • Many Protestants died of the fevers because of their objection to taking a drug associated with papism - Oliver Cromwell is thought to have been amongst them.
  • Christ is constantly being "corrected" in Papism and has largely been replaced by the Bible amongst the Protestants; in both cases, the Incarnate Logos (Word) is replaced by scholasticism (separation of intellect from life) and heresy.


Pronunciation: /pəˈpɪstɪk(ə)l/
adjective ( archaic)
Example sentences
  • To the Mayor he affirmed his loyalty to Queen Mary, but insisted that he rejected ‘the wicked papistical religion of the Bishop of Rome’.
  • Latimer favoured the annulment of Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine and despite his overt opposition to papistical falsehoods he gained the King's favour while in London and was made a royal chaplain.


Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪpɪstri/
Example sentences
  • Catholics also had to endure the hatred of ‘papistry’ that dominated a culture where Englishness and Protestantism were two sides of a single coin.
  • In this Reformation moment, the poetic figuration of Catholic ideas and practices in Petrarchan discourse was often read as a conservative or reactionary reiteration of Catholicism and/or idolatrous ‘papistry.’


Mid 16th century: from French papiste or modern Latin papista, from ecclesiastical Latin papa 'bishop (of Rome)'.

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