American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Offensive Of or relating to the popes or the Roman Catholic Church.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Pope or the Roman Catholic Church: used in opprobrium: as, popish doctrines or practices; popish forms and ceremonies.
- adj. derogatory of or pertaining to Roman Catholicism
- adj. derogatory acting in a manner of, or holding beliefs similar to, the pope.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the pope; taught or ordained by the pope; hence, of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church; -- often used opprobriously.
- adj. of or relating to or supporting Romanism
- pope + -ish (Wiktionary)
“Lutheran authorities inveighed against this remnant of what they called popish and anti-Christian superstition.”
“From History News Network: Retailers helped establish Christmas as an American tradition by persuading Protestants to overcome centuries of hostility to the holiday, which had long been identified as a popish import.”
“Probably all these things, even the destruction of shrines and images, reflect a certain rapacity in the king's nature rather than hostility to what would now be called popish practices.”
“Well, let them be called popish, for the Pope is their master.”
“A strange story was got up that there was what was called a popish plot for killing the king, and putting James on the throne.”
“The minister I quote in this post was obviously terrified that the Mohawks would convert his children to the "popish" religion these Mohawks were Catholic, from contact with the French.”
“How can I enter into the mindset of the Puritan minister whose greatest fear for his kidnapped children is that the Catholic Mohawks will convert them to the "popish" religion?”
“More importantly, they thought Christmas -- the mass of Christ -- was too "popish," by which they meant Roman Catholic.”
“As the outbreak of Civil War struck, the enforcement of the penal laws against "popish" priests was stepped up under Oliver Cromwell.”
“Most Protestants believed that the prince was not really James's son; politicians prophesied that he would be educated in his father's "popish" and absolutist doctrines, and that thus England would continue to be ruled by papist despots.”
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