One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Admiration of ancient Roman culture or institutions.
2The spirit or influence of the central Roman authorities of the Roman Catholic Church; acceptance of papal authority or policy.
1920s; earliest use found in The Observer. From Italian romanità from romano + -ità, probably partly after post-classical Latin Romanitas. With the use in sense 1 compare earlier romanitas, Romanity.
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