noun[mass noun] derogatory, chiefly archaic
The doctrines, practices, and ceremonies associated with the Pope or the papal system; Roman Catholicism: the Anglicans campaigned against popery
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- Beyond its original designation of Roman Catholic dogma and doctrine, by the 1670s popery was also used to label other characteristics, such as arbitrary rule, radical motives, as well as Anglican liturgy and church government.
- The chief weapon in their ideological arsenal was the fear of popery, in particular Irish popery.
- Crashaw's Catholicism additionally associates him with both foreignness and popery.
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