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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. The office and dignity of the pope or bishop of Rome; popedom.
2. Papal authority.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the government of the Roman Catholic Church [syn: papacy, pontificate]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -cies) Etymology: Middle English papacie, from Medieval Latin papatia, from Late Latin papa pope more at pope Date: 14th century 1. the office of pope 2. a succession or line of popes 3. the term of a pope's reign 4. capitalized the system of government of the Roman Catholic Church of which the pope is the supreme head

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 a pope's office or tenure. 2 the papal system. Etymology: ME f. med.L papatia f. papa pope

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Papacy Pa"pa*cy, n. [LL. papatia, fr. L. papa a father, bishop. See Pope.] 1. The office and dignity of the pope, or pontiff, of Rome; papal jurisdiction. 2. The popes, collectively; the succession of popes. 3. The Roman Catholic religion; -- commonly used by the opponents of the Roman Catholics in disparagement or in an opprobrious sense.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

also Papacy The papacy is the position, power, and authority of the Pope, including the period of time that a particular person holds this position. Throughout his papacy, John Paul has called for a second evangelization of Europe. N-SING: usu the N

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see papacy

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Popedom. 2. Popes, line of popes, popes collectively.

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