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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

Full Definition of papacy

plural pa·pa·cies

  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

  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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