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papacy

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noun, pa·pa·cy \ˈpā-pə-sē\

Simple Definition of papacy

  • the papacy : the office or position of the pope

  • : the time when a particular pope is in power

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of papacy

plural papacies

  1. 1 :  the office of pope

  2. 2 :  a succession or line of popes

  3. 3 :  the term of a pope's reign

  4. 4 capitalized :  the system of government of the Roman Catholic Church of which the pope is the supreme head

Examples of papacy in a sentence

  1. 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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