Papist (Lat. papista, i.e. an adherent of the pope) is generally applied with some admixture of contempt to Roman Catholics. Of itself, the name Papist implies nothing more than that he is an adherent of the pope; but in its popular use it includes all the distinctive doctrines of the Roman Catholics, and especially those which are supposed to be peculiarly cherished by the supporters of the papal authority. It is therefore, in many cases, held to be synonymous with the profession of the most extreme opinions permitted in the Church of Rome, and even those which are popularly regarded as superstitious. Understood literally, no consistent Roman Catholic would disclaim it; but in the imputed signification explained above it is held to be offensive.