Definition of papal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪp(ə)l/


Relating to a pope or to the papacy: a papal visit
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  • There the coffin will be definitively closed with red bands, sealed with both papal and Vatican seals.
  • Ruffo was a Calabrian who had served in the papal curia but had found more favour at the Neapolitan court.
  • Anglo-Saxon veneration of the papacy was strong and contributed to the growth of papal authority in the West.



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  • Pundits also suggested that the teaching was bound to change, given the logic of the Second Vatican Council and the existence of a papally appointed commission on the regulation of fertility.
  • The eleventh century witnessed a new Christian attitude toward war: that it could be divinely inspired, or at least papally commended, if not commanded.
  • Bartholomew's presence at the controversial crowning of Henry the Young King is uncertain, but Becket asked that he should not be papally censured with others involved.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin papalis, from ecclesiastical Latin papa 'bishop (of Rome)'.

Words that rhyme with papal

maple, staple

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