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anticlerical

[an-tee-kler-i-kuh l, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈklɛr ɪ kəl, ˌæn taɪ-/
adjective
1.
opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; anti- + clerical
Related forms
anticlericalism, noun
anticlericalist, noun
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  • Legislators finally bow to reality and vote to end more than a century of often brutal anticlerical policies.
  • They had a strong cooperative and anticlerical orientation, and a determination not to be pushed around by the mill owners.
British Dictionary definitions for anticlerical

anticlerical

/ˌæntɪˈklɛrɪkəl/
adjective
1.
opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics
noun
2.
a supporter of an anticlerical party
Derived Forms
anticlericalism, noun
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