anticlericalism

anticlerical

[an-tee-kler-i-kuhl, an-tahy-]
adjective
opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs.

Origin:
1835–45; anti- + clerical

anticlericalism, noun
anticlericalist, noun
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anticlerical (ˌæntɪˈklɛrɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics
 
n
2.  a supporter of an anticlerical party
 
anti'clericalism
 
n

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anticlericalism

in Roman Catholicism, opposition to the clergy for its real or alleged influence in political and social affairs, for its doctrinairism, for its privileges or property, or for any other reason. Although the term has been used in Europe since the 12th and 13th centuries, it is associated in more recent history with the French Revolution and its aftermath.

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