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

  • n. Roman Catholic Church The policy that absolute authority in the Church should be vested in the pope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Roman Catholic philosophy that emphasises the prerogatives and powers of the Pope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principles of those within the Roman Catholic Church who maintain extreme views favoring the pope's supremacy; -- so used by those living north of the Alps in reference to the Italians; -- rarely used in an opposite sense, as referring to the views of those living north of the Alps and opposed to the papal claims. Cf. Gallicanism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrines of ultramontanes; the views of that party in the Church of Rome which places an absolute authority in matters of faith and discipline in the hands of the Pope, in opposition to the views of that party which would place the national churches, such as the Gallican, in partial independence of the Roman curia, and make the Pope subordinate to the statutes of an ecumenical council.

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

  • n. (Roman Catholic Church) the policy that the absolute authority of the church should be vested in the pope


From ultramontane +‎ -ism, after French ultramontanisme. (Wiktionary)



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  • n. advocating the greatest possible enhancement of papal power and authority (from the fact that the papal seat was located the other side of the Alps from the French) (From WWFTD)

    September 27, 2012