kulturkampf


noun

  1. the conflict between the German imperial government and the Roman Catholic Church from 1872 or 1873 until 1886, chiefly over the control of education and ecclesiastical appointments.

noun

  1. the struggle of the Prussian state against the Roman Catholic Church (1872–87), which took the form of laws designed to bring education, marriage, etc, under the control of the state
n.

1879, originally in reference to the struggle between the German government and the Catholic Church over control of educational and ecclesiastical appointments, 1872-86, German, literally “struggle for culture,” from Kultur + Kampf “combat, fight, struggle,” from Latin campus “field, battlefield” (see campus).

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