Definition of anticlerical in English:



  • Opposed to the power or influence of the clergy, especially in politics.

    • ‘This claim should be contrasted with the anticlerical, even antireligious, tone of the more radical voices of the French Enlightenment.’
    • ‘Voltaire is not a lot more anticlerical than Boccaccio, who's as medieval as they come.’
    • ‘The Fascists had their roots in bitterly anticlerical Italian radical nationalism, Mussolini himself having been a Socialist leader until the First World War.’
    • ‘Despite his obvious personal interest in the revolution of 1399, he was also a vigorous defender of the English church from heresy and anticlerical threats.’
    • ‘As in Italy, men continued to manifest anticlerical traditions and to attend church only on selected occasions, such as weddings and funerals.’
    • ‘Even the anticlerical Giuseppe Verdi and the nonbelieving James Joyce express the central values of the Catholic imagination.’
    • ‘The Church exploited to the full the political implications of anticlerical legislation.’
    • ‘A deputy for the Socialist Party from 1902, he joined the Radical government as Minister of Public Instruction and Worship in 1906, where he was responsible for the introduction of sweeping anticlerical measures.’
    • ‘The impact of the Revolution outside France was also strong, due to the victories of French armies, which implemented the government's anticlerical policies upon the conquered regions.’
    • ‘Even the anticlerical radicals often saw the tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a valuable part of the popular history of the nation.’
    • ‘Before the First World War, Belgian political life was dominated by rivalry between Catholics and the nonconfessional and at times anticlerical Liberals.’
    • ‘The other camp in France was the anticlerical one, which also had its share of crusaders.’
    • ‘It was one response to the powerful tide of socialist, anticlerical thought, particularly powerful at the end of the First World War.’
    • ‘Bolivar's anticlerical policies of the mid-1820s affected both the male and female orders, and Bolivar's program has received ample attention for Bolivia.’
    • ‘conflict precipitated by a failed military coup d’état in July 1936, itself provoked by violent social and anticlerical disorders following the election of a Popular Front government.’
    • ‘His father was an anticlerical, Socialist blacksmith, his mother a schoolteacher.’
    • ‘Unlikely colonial alliances were regularly established, therefore, between diehard anticlerical republicans and committed Catholics.’
    • ‘Yet the Third Reich's policies also involved rural depopulation and anticlerical violence.’
    • ‘After a century or more of anticlerical persecution, moreover, Catholics were fully integrated into the political mainstream, and exercised considerable leverage over political decisions relating to education.’
    • ‘He observed that he was the victim of a tide of radicalism sweeping Europe: revolution in Russia, anticlerical radicalism in France, socialist advance in Germany.’


  • A person holding anticlerical views.

    • ‘Although ‘Catholic secondary education’ implied to Catholics and anticlericals alike a special kind of education, no unified system existed.’
    • ‘After the disaster of the Franco-Prussian War, anticlericals and Catholics fought over Joan's significance as patriot or saint, even erecting rival statues at her birthplace.’
    • ‘To account for recognition of theater women's accomplishments, Berlanstein cites the impact of republican anticlericals, who promoted new secular models for womanhood.’
    • ‘Both clerics and anticlericals agree that Slovenia's conservatives suffer from the loss of a generation of potential leaders.’
    • ‘In France, Italy, and Spain, in contrast, fascists defined the nation as Catholic, and so excluded anticlericals.’
    • ‘The Protestant Reformation enlisted widespread lay support by its politically motivated aversion to the monastic ideal, which lay anticlericals opposed as absorbing too much wealth in support of its institutions.’
    • ‘This was taken by militant anticlericals and the Socialist party to mean cutting subsidies to private Catholic schools, and they amended the education bill of Alain Savary to this effect.’
    • ‘In the opposing bloc, we have the republicans, the revolutionaries, the anticlericals: the people who represented (as far as most practicing Catholics were concerned) atheism, anarchy, disorder, persecution, and everything else they wanted to avoid.’
    • ‘She is good on the songs, caricatures, meetings, pamphlets, and the command performances of Tartuffe as being a script for anticlericals, most of whom were not in the electorate.’
    • ‘Emerging from the earlier Reformers with the creation of the Canadian Confederation, its initial support was based on a coalition between Ontario Nonconformists and Quebec anticlericals.’
    • ‘Since the same phenomena was also occurring at the secondary level, the sense of threat anticlericals so loudly expressed is understandable.’
    • ‘Through ceremonies like these anticlericals were creating a cult of the great man who died for his political principles, and whose memory can inspire the living.’
    • ‘The Papal States, as a "government of priests," epitomized to anticlericals all that was evil.’
    • ‘The Belgian Education League was formed in December 1864 to campaign for the abolition of religious instruction in publicly financed schools, and French and Italian anticlericals soon followed the Belgian example.’