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Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a Roman Catholic.

[New Latin pāpista, from Late Latin pāpa; see pope.]

pa′pist, pa·pis′tic (pə-pĭs′tĭk) adj.
pa′pist·ry n.


n, adj (often capital)
(Roman Catholic Church) usually derogatory another term for Roman Catholic
[C16: from French papiste, from Church Latin pāpa pope1]
paˈpistical, paˈpistic adj
ˈpapistry n


(ˈpeɪ pɪst)

n., adj.
usage: This term is used by Protestants to show contempt for Roman Catholic practices and tenets.
Disparaging. n.
1. (a term used to refer to a Roman Catholic.)
2. of or pertaining to Roman Catholics.
[1515–25; earlier papista < New Latin. See pope, -ist]
pa′pism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.papist - an offensive term for Roman Catholicspapist - an offensive term for Roman Catholics; originally, a Roman Catholic who was a strong advocate of the papacy
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
Roman Catholic - a member of the Roman Catholic Church
Adj.1.papist - of or relating to or supporting Romanism; "the Roman Catholic Church"


[ˈpeɪpɪst] (pej)
A. ADJpapista
B. Npapista mf


n (pej)Papist(in) m(f)


[ˈpeɪpɪst] n (pej) → papista m/f
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Had there been a Papist among the crowd of Puritans, he might have seen in this beautiful woman, so picturesque in her attire and mien, and with the infant at her bosom, an object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity, which so many illustrious painters have vied with one another to represent; something which should remind him, indeed, but only by contrast, of that sacred image of sinless motherhood, whose infant was to redeem the world.
A young lady of some birth and fortune, who knelt suddenly down on a brick floor by the side of a sick laborer and prayed fervidly as if she thought herself living in the time of the Apostles--who had strange whims of fasting like a Papist, and of sitting up at night to read old theological books
By the Irish Statute of George the Second," he said, "every marriage celebrated by a Popish priest between two Protestants, or between a Papist and any person who has been a Protestant within twelve months before the marriage, is declared null and void.
very King James, a professed papist, more bigoted, if possible, than
There may be some hot-headed Papists led by their priests to engage in this desperate cause, and think it a holy war; but that Protestants, that are members of the Church of England, should be such apostates, such
It was remarkable, too, I had but three subjects, and they were of three different religions - my man Friday was a Protestant, his father was a Pagan and a cannibal, and the Spaniard was a Papist.
I almost wish we were Papists, and I had a convent to put her in to-morrow.
In his account of the mission, where his veracity is most to be suspected, he neither exaggerates overmuch the merits of the Jesuits, if we consider the partial regard paid by the Portuguese to their countrymen, by the Jesuits to their society, and by the Papists to their church, nor aggravates the vices of the Abyssins; but if the reader will not be satisfied with a Popish account of a Popish mission, he may have recourse to the history of the church of Abyssinia, written by Dr.
Manson Mingott had died when she was only twenty-eight, and had "tied up" the money with an additional caution born of the general distrust of the Spicers; but his bold young widow went her way fearlessly, mingled freely in foreign society, married her daughters in heaven knew what corrupt and fashionable circles, hobnobbed with Dukes and Ambassadors, associated familiarly with Papists, entertained Opera singers, and was the intimate friend of Mme.
He was accustomed to say that Papists required an epithet, they were Roman Catholic; but the Church of England was Catholic in the best, the fullest, and the noblest sense of the term.
They cried to be led on against the Papists, they vowed a dreadful vengeance on their heads, they roared like men possessed--'
Tulliver's imagination by throwing into more distant perspective the period when the country would become utterly the prey of Papists and Radicals, and there would be no more chance for honest men.