from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. Being or lying beyond the mountains; tramontane: opposed to cismontane.
- n. One who resides beyond the mountains; a foreigner.
- n. One who resides south of the Alps, or who identifies himself with the Italian party in the Roman Catholic Church, and maintains the doctrine of absolute papal supremacy.
The "ultramontane" tendency in the Church centralized more power and authority in the Papacy.
As was done under Bismarck, the accusation could be made against the Catholics that they are bad citizens of the state because their heart is ultramontane; it clings “over the mountains” to the pope and his authority.
But you are a minstrel perhaps, from these ultramontane parts.
What are yu shevering about, ultramontane, like a houn?
Up to that point, the ultramontane reader has not been conscious of being underprivileged, but afterward self-doubts arise and he wonders if he shouldn't have been squirming all along.
The word 'ultramontane' comes from Latin roots meaning 'beyond' and 'mountain'.