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.

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  • 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.

    Mosebach on Why the Pope Had to Do What He Did

  • But you are a minstrel perhaps, from these ultramontane parts.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • What are yu shevering about, ultramontane, like a houn?

    Finnegans Wake

  • 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.

    This Happy Breed


The word 'ultramontane' comes from Latin roots meaning 'beyond' and 'mountain'.