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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 of anticlerical
1835-1845
1835-45; anti- + clerical
Related forms
anticlericalism, noun
anticlericalist, noun
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  • It begins as he intended, anticlerical; and so it will run for a while.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • How could Wenceslas interpret this but as an anticlerical uprising?

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The anticlerical press of Paris was insisting that the cardinal's stay in the French capital was of sinister import.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • Nominally acting for the Government; at heart, anticlerical.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • General Plaza continued the anticlerical policy of his predecessor.

  • Michelet and Quinet had added to their democratic zeal the passions connected with an anticlerical campaign.

  • Even in this critical moment the officer could not drop the anticlerical rhetoric and pompous style that he always adopted.

    The Fourth Estate, vol.1 Armando Palacio Valds
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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