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


1. (Roman Catholic Church) a member of a Church, esp the Church of England, who favours or is influenced by Roman Catholicism
2. (Roman Catholic Church) a Roman Catholic
3. (Education) a student of classical Roman civilization or law
ˌRomanˈistic adj


(ˈroʊ mə nɪst)

usage: Definition 1 is used by Protestants to show contempt for Roman Catholic practices and tenets.
1. Disparaging. (a term used to refer to a member of the Roman Catholic Church.)
2. one versed in Roman institutions, law, etc.
[1515–25; < New Latin Romanista. See Roman, -ist]
Ro`man•is′tic, adj.
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Adj.1.Romanist - of or relating to or supporting Romanism; "the Roman Catholic Church"
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79] Still, on the whole, actors fared better in England than in Romanist France, where Moliere was buried with less ceremony than a favourite dog.
Brooke, who was just then informing him that the Reformation either meant something or it did not, that he himself was a Protestant to the core, but that Catholicism was a fact; and as to refusing an acre of your ground for a Romanist chapel, all men needed the bridle of religion, which, properly speaking, was the dread of a Hereafter.
DEAR FINN,--Your copy will do, but I have had to headline it a bit; and our public would never stand a Romanist priest in the story-- you must keep your eye on the suburbs.
The overall picture that emerges is a curious one, he says, because delict, one of the main sources of obligations, was neglected by those who wrote on the Corpus Iuris Civilis after a very early point in the revival of Romanist scholarship in the Middle Ages.
Yet, as Ostroukh also shows, there is ample evidence to support the claims made by another group of historians and jurists, the Batiza--Palmer--Cairns school, that the Digest was a true Civil Code in the Romanist tradition, at least from the perspective of the drafters who wrote it and the legislature that passed it.
On this first Sunday of February 1949, a Methodist minister warned his parishioners that the "two great threats to world peace today are the Communist Internationale and the Romanist Internationale.
Maitland had already, whilst still in practice, published anonymously a paper in the Westminster Review in 1879 fiercely criticizing the distinctions of real property and personality in English law, showing familiarity with Germanist and Romanist literatures and advocating root-and-branch statutory reform of the law.
Botwood on another occasion accused a man he described explicitly as Romanist, who requested Botwood to visit his sick wife, of being arrogant and a bad sled driver.
Romanist (Pandectist) influence is also observed in civil codes of
She is developing a collaboration program with Vienna University, Romanist Department (Ph.
Ich habe mich als Romanist auf viele literarhistorische Fragen eingelassen.
Lack of devotion in the Moor, as a Reformer would posit of a sincere Romanist, was not the issue, since his transferred attachment to Iago was more than sufficiently fervent.