a Roman Catholic, esp. one who ardently supports the pope
Origin of papistModern Latin papista ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin papa, pope
of or like a Roman Catholic (esp. one ardently supporting the pope) or the Roman Catholic Church
Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a Roman Catholic.
Origin of papistNew Latin papista, from Late Latin papa; see pope.
- pa′pist, pa·pis′tic