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opposed to the influence and activities of the clergy or the church in secular or public affairs.
Contemporary Examples

Most ominous of all was the consequence of Northern anticlericalism.
David Frum’s Book Club: The Pursuit of Italy David Frum March 16, 2012

opposed to the power and influence of the clergy, esp in politics
a supporter of an anticlerical party


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    in an manner. Historical Examples He was anticly habited; but he cannot disguise himself from me, God be praised! Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott

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