Cardinalate meaning

kärdn-ə-lĭt, -lāt, kärdnə-
The position, rank, dignity, or term of a cardinal.
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The College of Cardinals.
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The position, dignity, or rank of a cardinal.
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The pope's council of cardinals.
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The dignity and ecclestiastic office of Roman Catholic cardinal.

The cardinalate ranks equal to a secular prince of the blood.

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Collective term for the cardinals.

The cardinalate under a maximum age composes the conclave which elects the pope.

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Origin of cardinalate

  • From Latin cardinalatus, from cardinalis (“cardinal”), itself the noun use of the adjective derived from cardo (“hinge, main point”) + -alis (“-al”).

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