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

  • n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a Roman Catholic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Used by some Protestants in referring to Roman Catholics, whose loyalties are seen to be with the papacy in Rome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Roman Catholic; one who adheres to the Church of Rome and the authority of the pope; -- an offensive designation applied to Roman Catholics by their opponents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who acknowledges the supreme authority of the Pope or of the Church of Rome; a Roman Catholic; a Romanist: usually a term of opprobrium.
  • Of or pertaining to Roman Catholics or Roman Catholicism.

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

  • n. an offensive term for Roman Catholics; originally, a Roman Catholic who was a strong advocate of the papacy
  • adj. of or relating to or supporting Romanism


New Latin pāpista, from Late Latin pāpa; see pope.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin papa ("pope") + the suffix -ist. (Wiktionary)



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