Definition of church papist in English:

church papist

Pronunciation /tʃəːtʃ ˈpeɪpɪst/


derogatory, historical
  • In the late 16th and 17th centuries: a Roman Catholic conforming outwardly to the Church of England, in order to escape the penalties enacted against recusants from the reign of Elizabeth I until the Second Relief Act of 1791.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Udall (c1560–?1593), religious controversialist. From church + papist.