Anticlerical (adjective)

Opposed to the influence and power of the clergy, especially in political matters.

Origin:

Mid 19th century, from anti- (against) + clerical (related to the clergy).

Examples:

  1. Anticlerical sentiments have been growing among the population.
  2. The anticlerical laws were aimed at reducing the power of the Catholic Church.
  3. The anticlerical party wants to separate Church and State.
  4. Anticlerical movements have been present throughout history.
  5. The anticlerical policies of the government led to the closure of many religious institutions.
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