Definition of popedom
1 : the office or tenure of a pope : papacy during the popedom of Vigilius
2 : a rank or office of supreme religious authority the Caodaist popedom
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Origin and Etymology of popedom
Middle English, from Old English pāpdōm, from pāpa pope + -dōm -dom
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