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Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊərɪə

Definition of Curia in English:

The papal court at the Vatican, by which the Roman Catholic Church is governed. It comprises various Congregations, Tribunals, and other commissions and departments.


mid 19th century: from Latin curia, denoting a division of an ancient Roman tribe, also (by extension) the senate of cities other than Rome; later the term came to denote a feudal or Roman Catholic court of justice, whence the current sense.



Example sentences
  • Aside from its Curial associations, it was arguably the most sumptuous private funerary chapel in Florence.
  • She provides a didactic frame of the financial practices resorted to by Curial bankers.
  • As Pope, many years later, he would move to prevent free discussion among the bishops at the regular synods which were intended to give the local Church a greater say in Curial governance.

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