from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a Roman Catholic.
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- n. Used by some Protestants in referring to Roman Catholics, whose loyalties are seen to be with the papacy in Rome.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Roman Catholic; one who adheres to the Church of Rome and the authority of the pope; -- an offensive designation applied to Roman Catholics by their opponents.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who acknowledges the supreme authority of the Pope or of the Church of Rome; a Roman Catholic; a Romanist: usually a term of opprobrium.
- Of or pertaining to Roman Catholics or Roman Catholicism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an offensive term for Roman Catholics; originally, a Roman Catholic who was a strong advocate of the papacy
- adj. of or relating to or supporting Romanism
From about the year 1580, besides the term papist, employed with opprobrious intent, the followers of the old religion were often called Romish or Roman Catholics.
Perhaps that could be called a papist bull, though hardly with impunity.
This preference of hers was so strongly associated with Catholicism that some of her subjects would later question the sincerity of Elizabeth's profession of the Protestant faith because of her fondness for sumptuous "papist" altar cloths. 163
To be a "papist" or "hear Mass" -- which were construed as the same thing -- was punishable by death as high treason.
A certain number of "papist" priests took the oath, and the "papist" religion was thus established here and there, though it continued to be disturbed by the incessant arbitrary acts of interference on the part of the administrative staff of the Directory, who by individual warrants deported priests charged with inciting to disturbance.
Perhaps someone whom this 'papist' judge had loved very much had been cruelly put to death, and perhaps that was the reason he suggested this savage punishment for Quaker Richard.
But she recommended the Parliament to conciliatory measures; to avoid extremes; to drop offensive epithets, like "papist" and "heretic;" to go as far as the wants of the nation required, and no farther.
"Take _Sheemus a Cocka_ to h-- l, sir," said Phil, "we don't want him -- he's a kind of papist; take him away to h-- l out of this."
In the report of that case we find that the plaintiff's counsel informed the court that Mr. Justice Buller had recently tried on circuit a case of the King v. Sparkes: that the prisoner, in that case, was a "papist" and that it came out at the trial that he had made a confession of his crime (a capital one) to a Protestant clergyman: that this confession was received in evidence by the judge: and that the prisoner was convicted and executed.
34 The Ruine of Rome was punctuated with belligerent language of this sort, and Dent used "papist" and "Romish" as the worst of epithets.