The cardinalate ranks equal to a secular prince of the blood.
Collective term for the cardinals.
The cardinalate under a maximum age composes the conclave which elects the pope.
Origin of cardinalate
From Latincardinalatus, from cardinalis (“cardinal”), itself the noun use of the adjective derived from cardo (“hinge, main point”) + -alis (“-al”).
Cardinalate Sentence Examples
It is estimated that this cardinalate cost France about eight million francs.
Cesare, who renounced his cardinalate, was sent on a mission to France at the end of the year, bearing a bull of divorce for the new king Louis XII., in exchange for which he obtained the duchy of Valentinois (hence his title of Duca Valentino) and a promise of material assistance in his schemes to subjugate the feudal princelings of Romagna; he married a princess of Navarre.
His expectations of the cardinalate were disappointed by Pius V.'s death in 1572, and Sanders spent the next few years at Madrid trying to embroil Philip II., who gave him a pension of 300 ducats, in open war with Elizabeth.