papacy

noun

pa·​pa·​cy ˈpā-pə-sē How to pronounce papacy (audio)
plural papacies
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Francis papacy is in near perfect accord with this consensus. R. R. Reno, Foreign Affairs, 13 Nov. 2018 Pope Francis, whose native language is Spanish and not Italian, has at times during his papacy made up words, or used slang or inappropriate phraseology during his remarks, often while speaking off-the-cuff. Phoebe Natanson, ABC News, 28 May 2024 Pope Francis is the first pontiff to make climate change central to his papacy, and wrote a 2015 encyclical that relied on scientific facts about global warming to deliver a moral call to preserve the planet for future generations. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 During Easter week, Francis has also sought to focus on women and renew his dedication to a cornerstone of his papacy: humility. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for papacy 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English papacie, from Medieval Latin papatia, from Late Latin papa pope — more at pope

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of papacy was in the 14th century

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“Papacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papacy. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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papacy

noun
pa·​pa·​cy ˈpā-pə-sē How to pronounce papacy (audio)
plural papacies
1
: the office of pope
2
: the term of a pope's reign
3
capitalized : the government of the Roman Catholic Church of which the pope is the head

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