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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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British Dictionary definitions for anticlericalism

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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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