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 (ăn′tē-klĕr′ĭ-kəl, ăn′tī-)
Opposed to the influence of the church or the clergy in public life.

an′ti·cler′i·cal·ism n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of an anticlerical party
ˌantiˈclericalism n


(ˌæn tiˈklɛr ɪ kəl, ˌæn taɪ-)

opposed to the influence of the clergy or church in secular or public affairs.
an`ti•cler′i•cal•ism, n.
an`ti•cler′i•cal•ist, n.


A. ADJanticlerical
B. Nanticlerical mf


[ˌæntɪˈklɛrɪkl] adj & nanticlericale (m/f)
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