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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.
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(ˈpeɪ pə stri)

usage: This term is used by Protestants to show contempt for Roman Catholic practices and tenets.
Disparaging. Roman Catholicism.
pa•pis•ti•cal (peɪˈpɪs tɪ kəl, pə-) pa•pis′tic, adj.
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[ˈpeɪpɪstrɪ] N (pej) → papismo m
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n (pej)Papismus m
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Or art thou one of those naughty elfs or fairies whom we thought to have left behind us, with other relics of Papistry, in merry old England?"
(50) Lennox and his crew are made monstrously evil ('his barbarous fury', 'their diabolical and malicious craft' (51) ) and placed at the centre of the same nexus of evils incarnated by Greene's Jaques: Frenchness, papistry, murder, adultery and, last but not least, enmity to England, Scotland's true friend in politics and religion; the effect has been to pervert the king's natural virtue in the guise of offering him true service.
(5) On multiple occasions, the Disciplinarians pressed the English Parliament to pass legislation outlawing the episcopacy and the Lords Spiritual on the grounds that scripture authorized only four enduring offices in the Church: the elders to govern, the scholars to teach, the priests to administer sacraments, and the deacons to minister to the poor; (6) and that, as a consequence, bishops, lords spiritual, or any other type of ecclesiastical magistracy was an Antichristian vestige of papistry (7) that defied Christ's division of Caesars kingdom and His own.
Thus, even as Pembroke's Men toured the north of England with a play that valorized his indulgence to his favorites, the image of the King of Scots as the leading Protestant candidate to succeed the queen was overturned by this proof of the intimacy of favoritism and papistry. James would persist in kissing Huntly in public, "to the amazement of many." (36) So no wonder the king's cheerleaders now stopped the show.
Yet that Counter-Reformation papistry with which the undergraduate Scialabba wrestled leaves its mark on these pages still.
THIS current Year of Faith is persuading Roman Catholics to identify ourselves, show our gratitude at Papistry's joys and proclaim that all are welcome to join us.
Patrick as free of the taint of papistry and repositioned the Protestant Church of which he was primate as its true heir" (208).
In particular, they explore the controversial literature produced by John Mush, Henry Garnet, and Thomas Bell, and their very public disagreements with each other about obedience and what came to be called 'Church Papistry', a derogatory term referring to Catholics who, far from seeking martyrdom, were prepared to conform outwardly to the oaths of obedience and the religious observances demanded by Elizabeth's government.
Joseph Priestley frequently spoke of papists and papistry with a vehemence that sounds like pure intolerance to our ears, but it is important to see exactly how his views related to the culturalist and historicist perspectives that underwrote the Higher Criticism as it came to be practiced.
His acerbic attacks upon Roman Catholic "papistry" were only slightly less virulent.
"Papistry" was a continuing target among evangelical polemicists, but increasingly the derogatory term was directed by Puritans at practices within the Church of England.
This leads to Dimmock's compelling suggestion that 'it is probably most productive to consider Mahomet and His Heaven as an experimental emulation (or perhaps reinvention) of the Corpus Christi dramatic cycle, a means of celebrating Christ and Christianity on stage at a point when such spectacles had been vigorously suppressed and were explicitly associated with "papistry"' (46).