Definition of papacy in English:


Syllabification: pa·pa·cy
Pronunciation: /ˈpāpəsē

noun (plural papacies)

(usually the papacy)
  • 1The office or authority of the pope.
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    • In 1309, a French pope moved the papacy (office of the pope) from Rome to Avignon in what is now France.
    • Italian painter of the Umbrian School whose most important work in Rome and Siena celebrated the renewed authority of the papacy.
    • Those who think little of the papacy or the Catholic Church can blame Pope Innocent III.
  • 1.1The tenure of office of a pope: during the papacy of Pope John
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    • Innocent used, or threatened, interdicts some 85 times during his papacy.
    • Throughout his papacy. Pope Pius XII was almost universally, regarded as a saintly man, a scholar, a man of peace, a tower of strength, and a compassionate defender and protector of all victims of the war and genocide that had drenched Europe in blood.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin papatia, from papa 'pope'.

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