noun pa·pa·cy \ˈpā-pə-sē\

the papacy : the office or position of the pope

: the time when a particular pope is in power

plural pa·pa·cies

Full Definition of PAPACY

:  the office of pope
:  a succession or line of popes
:  the term of a pope's reign
capitalized :  the system of government of the Roman Catholic Church of which the pope is the supreme head

Examples of PAPACY

  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

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


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