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a Roman Catholic.
Historical Examples

She confessed the fact, and declared she had been employed to do it by one Stubbs, a papist, who had promised her five pounds.
An Historical Narrative of the Great and Terrible Fire of London, Sept. 2nd 1666 Gideon Harvey

I’d have had her ducked long since but for that other papist, Sir Philip Tempest.
Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell

You that are for war, cannot you go abroad, and fight the papist Spaniards?
The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851 Various

“That is what comes of marrying a papist, Carson,” said my father.
Allan’s Wife H. Rider Haggard

No man, not even a papist, dare preach in public such a dogma as blind obedience in anything, or to any man.
Auricular Confession and Popish Nunneries William Hogan

There were undoubtedly plots, but nothing in the least papist.
Terribly Intimate Portraits Nol Coward

He told me to my face that a papist was better than a Puritan.
It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt

She has a husband,216 which is her second one, and he I believe is a papist.
Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680 Jasper Danckaerts

And others say that he is a papist altogether, and has a priest in his house sometimes.
By What Authority? Robert Hugh Benson

The papist clergy say that the poverty of the country is due to English rule.
Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

noun, adjective (often capital)
generally (derogatory) another term for Roman Catholic

1530s, “adherent of the pope,” from Middle French papiste, from papa “pope,” from Church Latin papa (see pope).


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