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Pronunciation: /pəʊp
 
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noun

1 (usually the Pope) The Bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Example sentences
  • Henry VIII was a Roman Catholic and the head of this church was the pope based in Rome.
  • In another case, hundreds of people have complained to the BBC about a comic animation series about the pope and the Roman Catholic Church, due to be broadcast next year.
  • The fact of the matter is that historiography correctly proves that the early popes of the Roman Catholic Church were of African descent.
Synonyms
pontiff, sovereign/supreme pontiff, Bishop of Rome, Holy Father, Vicar of Christ, His Holiness
1.1The head of the Coptic Church, the Bishop or Patriarch of Alexandria.
Example sentences
  • ‘The pope's attitude has provoked much unhappiness on the Coptic street,’ Ishaq said.
  • The Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria is likewise designated by the non-biblical title of pope.
2 another term for ruffe.

Origin

Old English, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek papas 'bishop, patriarch', variant of Greek pappas 'father'.

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  • The word pope came via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek papas ‘bishop, patriarch’, a variant of Greek pappas ‘father’. From the same root came Late Middle English papal and papacy, and mid 16th-century papist. Patriarch (Middle English) is from Old French patriarche, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek patriarkhēs: formed from patria ‘family’ and arkhēs ‘ruling’. Patriot (late 16th century) and patriotic (mid 17th century) go back to a related Greek patris ‘fatherland’. These are connected with English papa (late 17th century) for ‘father’ and mum, all being based on the early babbling sounds produced by infants, as is daddy (Late Middle English). See also pattern

Phrases

is the Pope (a) Catholic?

1
informal Used to indicate that something is blatantly obvious: Did he bet that day? Is the Pope Catholic?

Derivatives

popedom

1
noun
Example sentences
  • In the days following Giblets's glorious conquest of popedom many have wailed in ceaseless abject horror.

Words that rhyme with pope

aslope, cope, dope, elope, grope, hope, interlope, lope, mope, nope, ope, rope, scope, slope, soap, taupe, tope, trope

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Pronunciation: /pəʊp
 
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noun

A parish priest of the Orthodox Church in Russia and the Balkans.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Russian pop, from Old Church Slavonic popŭ.

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  • The word pope came via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek papas ‘bishop, patriarch’, a variant of Greek pappas ‘father’. From the same root came Late Middle English papal and papacy, and mid 16th-century papist. Patriarch (Middle English) is from Old French patriarche, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek patriarkhēs: formed from patria ‘family’ and arkhēs ‘ruling’. Patriot (late 16th century) and patriotic (mid 17th century) go back to a related Greek patris ‘fatherland’. These are connected with English papa (late 17th century) for ‘father’ and mum, all being based on the early babbling sounds produced by infants, as is daddy (Late Middle English). See also pattern

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