Papacy Definition

pāpə-sē
papacies
noun
papacies
The rank of pope; papal office.
Webster's New World
The term of office of one or more popes.
Webster's New World
The whole succession of popes.
Webster's New World
The system of church government headed by the pope.
American Heritage
The governing of the Roman Catholic Church by the Roman pontiff, its head.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • pontificate
  • popedom
  • the Vatican
  • the Holy See
  • the shoes of the fisherman
  • the See of Rome
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Other Word Forms of Papacy

Noun

Singular:
papacy
Plural:
papacies

Origin of Papacy

  • Circa 14th century, from Medieval Latin papatia, from Latin papa (“pope") + -tia (“office, rank") (English -cy).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English papacie from Medieval Latin pāpātia from Late Latin pāpa pope pope

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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