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[pey-pis-ti-kuh l, puh-] /peɪˈpɪs tɪ kəl, pə-/
adjective, Disparaging.
of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of papistical
1530-40; probably < Middle French papistique (see papist, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
papistically, adverb
antipapistic, adjective
antipapistical, adjective
nonpapistic, adjective
nonpapistical, adjective
Usage note
See papist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Exception was taken to them in Parkers time as too papistical, and he got the heralds to change them.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • Yet do not be afraid of my re-reading it to you from the mystic, nonsensical, and papistical side.

    Mornings in Florence John Ruskin
  • What papistical abominations have you been teaching the child, Kitty?

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • "A papistical cur, and white-livered at that," the bravo answered.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • Nay,” she said, “it is not we that flout him, but these papistical knaves which do flout us for his sake.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • Such is the example of holiness that the flock may receive of the papistical bishops.

  • Ascham not only abhorred all Italians as papists, but all Italian books as papistical.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • “You set it down they be papistical somewhat too soon, Aunt,” said Aubrey a little irritably.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
  • The fortunes of the papistical Stuarts are foundered for ever.

    Ringan Gilhaize John Galt
  • Secundus Curio, in one of his works, describes two heavens—the papistical and the Christian heaven.

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