American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Offensive Of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging or relating to Rome; specifically, belonging to the Roman Catholic Church: commonly used in a slightly invidious sense.
- Synonyms See papal.
- adj. religion, pejorative, archaic Of, like, pertaining to, or supporting Romanism or the Roman Catholic Church.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Belonging or relating to Rome, or to the Roman Catholic Church; -- frequently used in a disparaging sense
- adj. of or relating to or supporting Romanism
- From Rome + -ish. (Wiktionary)
“This ceremony is called in Romish writers "the adoration.”
“From about the year 1580, besides the term papist, employed with opprobrious intent, the followers of the old religion were often called Romish or Roman Catholics.”
“The Romish was a comfortable faith; Lambourne spoke true in that.”
“The Sketchblog features a small portion, tastey tidbits, of the work of a cute little group of peculiarly "Romish" artists.”
“Still, a lifetime of exposure to the stern face of Scottish Presbyterianism and its abiding suspicion of anything "Romish" had left Roger with a certain residual uneasiness upon entering a Catholic church-as though he might be seized at the door and forcibly baptized by outlandishly dressed minions of the True Cross.”
“Similar objection is taken to any observance of All Souls 'Day or of the festival of Corpus Christi which implies the "Romish" doctrine concerning purgatory or transubstantiation.”
“In 1859 still greater sensation was caused by the "Romish" ceremonial of the Rev. Bryan King at St:”
“That all Catholics are sworn enemies of this republic and peons of the Pope is demonstrated by the fact that the "Romish" attorney-general refused to permit his people to erect at their own expense a chapel on government ground at West Point -- the general public being taxed meanwhile to maintain an Episcopal clergyman at that place.”
“No. of the magazine, was really and in matter of fact a "Romish”
“Established Church, was I guilty of the dishonesty of preaching what at the time I knew to be a "Romish" Sermon, but now too, in 1864, I have committed the additional dishonesty of calling it a Protestant sermon.”
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