Papacy meaning

pāpə-sē
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The office and jurisdiction of a pope.
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The period of time during which a pope is in office.
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A succession or line of popes.

The Medici papacy.

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The system of church government headed by the pope.
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The governing of the Roman Catholic Church by the Roman pontiff, its head.
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The office of the pope.

The papacy represents the head of the Catholic Church.

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The period of a particular pope's reign.

The papacy of John Paul II ended in 2005, after the pope's long battle with illness ended.

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Origin of papacy

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary