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 in a sentence
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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