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Kulturkampf

[German koo l-toor-kahmpf] /German kʊlˈturˌkɑmpf/
noun
1.
the conflict between the German imperial government and the Roman Catholic Church from 1872 or 1873 until 1886, chiefly over the control of education and ecclesiastical appointments.
Origin of Kulturkampf
< German: culture struggle, equivalent to Kultur culture + Kampf battle, struggle (cognate with Old English camp); see camp1, kemp1
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  • Even the Congress of Berlin in 1878 was, to my way of thinking, a mistake, likewise the "Kulturkampf."

    The Kaiser's Memoirs William II, German Emperor
  • The "Kulturkampf," as such, had come to an end before the beginning of my reign.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs William II, German Emperor
  • In the Kulturkampf his position was the exact antithesis to that of Bismarck.

    The War Upon Religion Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • The Chancellor could declare, in 1877, that the Kulturkampf was then at its zenith.

    The War Upon Religion Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • The record of persecution during the first five years of the Kulturkampf is an appalling arraignment of its perpetrators.

    The War Upon Religion Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • The Kulturkampf banished them from their native land and they had to continue their labors in exile.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • Their hostility was increased by the Kulturkampf, due to the promulgation in 1870 of the dogma of papal infallibility.

British Dictionary definitions for Kulturkampf

Kulturkampf

/kʊlˈtʊəˌkæmpf; ˈkʊltə-/
noun
1.
the struggle of the Prussian state against the Roman Catholic Church (1872–87), which took the form of laws designed to bring education, marriage, etc, under the control of the state
Word Origin
German: culture struggle
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Word Origin and History for Kulturkampf
n.

1879, originally in reference to the struggle between the German government and the Catholic Church over control of educational and ecclesiastical appointments, 1872-86, German, literally "struggle for culture," from Kultur + Kampf "combat, fight, struggle," from Latin campus "field, battlefield" (see campus).

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