Circa 14th century, from Medieval Latin papatia, from Latinpapa (“pope") + -tia (“office, rank") (English -cy).
Middle English papaciefrom Medieval Latin pāpātiafrom Late Latin pāpapopepope
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Papacy Sentence Examples
In 1815 it returned to the papacy, but was united to Italy in 1860.
During his short reign Calixtus strengthened the authority of the papacy in southern Italy by military expeditions, and restored several buildings within the city of Rome.
The struggle between them has been represented as one of a patriotic archbishop resisting the encroachments of the papacy on the Church of England.
On the 3rd of July 1517 he published the names of thirty-one new cardinals, a number almost unprecedented in the history of the papacy.
The Annales, which are in seven books, deal with the history of Bavaria in conjunction with general history from the earliest times to 1460, and the author shows a strong sympathy for the Empire in its struggle with the Papacy.