from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Offensive One who professes Roman Catholicism.
  • n. A student of or authority on ancient Roman law, culture, and institutions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A student of ancient Rome
  • n. A Roman Catholic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who adheres to Romanism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Roman Catholic; an adherent of the Church of Rome: used chiefly by opponents of that church.
  • Belonging or relating to Romanism; Roman Catholic: as, the Romanist and the Protestant systems.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or supporting Romanism


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  • What matter, _in extremis_, whether we be called Romanist, or Protestant, or Greek, or Calvinist?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865

  • Pise's suggestion that "Romanist" is more "local" than "Papist" may be on the right track, although some hair-splitting is involved.


  • Still, he does distinguish between the point of "Romanist" (denoting a particular sect associated with Rome) and "Papist" (denoting allegiance to a particular leader).


  • This is the first time I've seen a 19th-c. author try to historicize the use of "Romanist" vs.


  • Ironically, a quick run through my personal library catalog reveals no books with "Romanist" or "Papist" in the title, although I do have eighteen books with "Romanism" and ten with "Popery."


  • Italian influence; however, his pupil, Jan van Scorel, is regarded as the first "Romanist".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • "Romanist" jurisconsults, who confined themselves to the observation of Greek and Roman antiquity, he drew upon the modern history of

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • He was Reformer and "Romanist" as the advocates of Rome or Reformation happened to interpret him.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10

  • Had he been "A Good Catholic" he would have been elected with votes to burn; for did not Dick Bland have to hide out in the Ozark hills to escape the presidential nomination the moment it was rumored that his wife was a "Romanist"?

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10

  • There has been a general feeling that I was for years where I had no right to be; that I was a "Romanist" in Protestant livery and service; that I was doing the work of a hostile Church in the bosom of the English Establishment, and knew it, or ought to have known it.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua


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