Definition of anticlericalism in US English:



  • See anticlerical

    • ‘The prolonged independence struggle in Peru and the reform tendencies and anticlericalism of the new republican regime further affected the convents.’
    • ‘Politically, republicanism and anticlericalism kept the liberating mission of the Revolution alive, though this appealed more to rebels than to foreign governments.’
    • ‘When the anticlericalism of certain courtiers turned to heresy the following year, Henry V did not hesitate to condemn even his old friend, Sir John Oldcastle.’
    • ‘When Mexico did achieve independence in 1821 under the rule of Agustin de Iturbide, the Mexican clergy gave thanks to Our Lady of Guadalupe for saving the Mexican church from the anticlericalism of the Spanish Cortes.’
    • ‘Claims by various churches on the resources of the state are usually indirect and fairly modest, and though anticlericalism exists, it is more often a matter of class or ideology than direct political conflict.’
    • ‘She recounts the tortuous history of how the ‘professionalization’ of nursing in France coincided with anticlericalism and the secularization of the field.’
    • ‘This threat was no less real to Italian Catholics in 1948 than, say, the threat of secularization and anticlericalism that haunted Catholics elsewhere in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.’
    • ‘Some priests even worried that the teaching on birth control was generating the kind of anticlericalism among American Catholics that had hitherto been characteristic of Europe.’
    • ‘Such an attitude is a welcome relief in a France where brutal and ignorant forms of anticlericalism still flourish.’
    • ‘Although the Carlist wars originated in a disputed succession to the Spanish throne, they reflected tensions between liberalism and conservatism, the Church and anticlericalism, and town and country.’
    • ‘Episcopal and priestly servanthood invites the response of servanthood; episcopal and priestly clericalism provokes the reaction of anticlericalism.’
    • ‘Unlike the Republic's anticlericalism, the Roman Catholic Church was given a special role to guide moral regeneration.’
    • ‘Puccini, Nicassio argues, portrays the period rather accurately, albeit through the critical lens of liberal anticlericalism that he and many in his late nineteenth-century audience shared.’
    • ‘Also at this time, the Church was under attack by popular preachers amid an undercurrent of anticlericalism aimed against the corruption of the priests and abbots.’
    • ‘Furthermore, it is also worth remembering that the harshest outbreaks of anticlericalism came after, not before, Pius's denunciations.’
    • ‘Even Communist Party members, those most sympathetic to anticlericalism and antireligious acts, could not entirely abandon their religious attachments.’
    • ‘Franco's victory in the 1936-39 civil war reversed the anticlericalism of the Second Republic and led to the re-establishment of the state religion.’
    • ‘Anti-militarism had been satisfied by the reduction of military service to two years in 1904, anticlericalism by the separation of Church and state in 1905.’
    • ‘Specifically, Garrioch sees the pre-existing patriotism, anticlericalism, anti-noble feelings, and the integration within the city as enabling the Revolution.’
    • ‘Buñuel's famed anticlericalism is displayed with typical humor: one of the terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the background is called RAOIJ, the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus.’