Definitions

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  • n. The principles and practices of the Jesuits.
  • n. Cunning; deceit; subtle argument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principles and practices of the Jesuits.
  • n. Cunning; deceit; deceptive practices to effect a purpose; subtle argument; -- an opprobrious use of the word.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The system, principles, and practices of the Jesuits.
  • n. Craft; subtlety; politic duplicity: an opprobrious use.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the theology or the practices of the Jesuits (often considered to be casuistic)

Etymologies

Compare French j├ęsuitisme. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He praised much the pamphlets; 'already saw them doing much good;' especially he delighted in "Jesuitism"! '

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • 'Oh! his definition of Jesuitism is capital, so good, so good!'

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • His refinements were pilloried as "Jesuitism", and his motive was declared to be treason.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Carlyle's work, and perhaps nowhere breaks out in so repulsive a form as in the piece called "Jesuitism" (1850), in the _Latter-Day

    Studies in Early Victorian Literature

  • When we find, indeed, a system such as Jesuitism blasted by the ridicule of Pascal, we conclude that it was not true, -- but why? not merely because ridicule assailed it, for ridicule has assailed ten thousand systems which never even shook in the storm, but because, in the view of all candid and liberal thinkers, the ridicule _prevailed_.

    Poetical Works of Akenside

  • Jewish Jesuitism, the same practical Jesuitism which Bauer discovers in the Talmud, is the relation of the world of self-interest to the laws governing that world, the chief art of which consists in the cunning circumvention of these laws.

    The common denominator

  • Reformation Eschatology (2/2), REFORMATION BOOKSHELF CD (Volume 14 of 30), Historicism, the Papacy is the Antichrist, Islam in Revelation, Preterism (Jesuitism) and Futurism (Jesuitism) Refuted, etc.

    OpEdNews - Diary: The Revealing of the Beast of the Earth: Dabbat al-Ard

  • His spirit is the opposite of that of Jesuitism or casuistry (Wallace).

    The Sophist

  • This was a work, infamous in its time, of the most depraved and retrograde Jesuitism, which purported to find a grand conspiracy of Freemasons and other subversives in the overthrow of the Bourbons.

    Reactionary Prophet

  • Also, she wants to have things both ways -- "dark" characters represent Protestantism from the dark clothes worn by Puritans, except when they don't, like Cleopatra, who represents rather Jesuitism "tanned" from "laboring in the vineyard" of England, or like Hamlet, who represents Sir Philip Sidney.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

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