Simple Definition of papacy
the papacy : the office or position of the pope
: the time when a particular pope is in power
Full Definition of papacy
1 : the office of pope
2 : a succession or line of popes
3 : the term of a pope's reign
4 capitalized : the system of government of the Roman Catholic Church of which the pope is the supreme head
Examples of papacy
He was selected by the cardinals for the papacy.
Origin of papacy
Middle English papacie, from Medieval Latin papatia, from Late Latin papa pope — more at pope
First Known Use: 14th century
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