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Definition of "ultramontane" [ul•tra•mon•tane]

  • Of or relating to peoples or regions lying beyond the mountains, especially the Alps. (adjective)
  • Roman Catholic Church Supporting the authority of the papal court over national or diocesan authority. (adjective)
  • Roman Catholic Church Relating to or supporting the doctrine of papal supremacy. (adjective)
  • One who lives beyond the mountains, especially south of the Alps. (noun)
  • Roman Catholic Church One who advocates support of papal policy in ecclesiastical and political matters. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ultramontane" in a sentence
  • ""Cathedra Sempiterna" rivals in fervour and excels in genuine rhetoric the passage with which de Maistre concluded his "Du Pape", which became a text for "ultramontane" apologetics."
  • "The "ultramontane" tendency in the Church centralized more power and authority in the"
  • "The "ultramontane" tendency in the Church centralized more power and authority in the Papacy."