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ultramontane (adj.)

1590s, from French ultramontain "beyond the mountains" (especially the Alps), from Old French (early 14c.), from Latin ultra "beyond" (from suffixed form of PIE root *al- (1) "beyond") + stem of mons "hill" (from PIE root *men- (2) "to project"). Used especially of papal authority, though "connotation varies according to the position of the speaker or writer." [Weekley]

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Definitions of ultramontane
1
ultramontane (adj.)
of or relating to ultramontanism;
ultramontane (adj.)
on or relating to or characteristic of the region or peoples beyond the Alps from Italy (or north of the Alps);
Synonyms: transalpine
ultramontane (adj.)
on the Italian or Roman side of the Alps;
Synonyms: cisalpine
2
ultramontane (n.)
a Roman Catholic who advocates ultramontanism (supreme papal authority in matters of faith and discipline);
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