Definitions for papacyˈpeɪ pə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pa•pa•cyˈpeɪ pə si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. the office, dignity, or jurisdiction of the pope.

    Category: Religion

  2. the system of Roman Catholic ecclesiastical government.

    Category: Religion

  3. the period during which a certain pope is in office.

    Category: Religion

  4. the succession or line of the popes.

    Category: Religion

Origin of papacy:

1350–1400; ME < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. papacy, pontificate(noun)

    the government of the Roman Catholic Church


  1. papacy(Noun)

    The office of the pope.

    The papacy represents the head of the Catholic Church.

  2. papacy(Noun)

    The period of a particular pope's reign.

    The papacy of John Paul II ended in 2005, after the pope's long battle with illness ended.

  3. Origin: Circa 14th century, from papatia, from papa + -tia (English -cy).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Papacy(noun)

    the office and dignity of the pope, or pontiff, of Rome; papal jurisdiction

  2. Papacy(noun)

    the popes, collectively; the succession of popes

  3. Papacy(noun)

    the Roman Catholic religion; -- commonly used by the opponents of the Roman Catholics in disparagement or in an opprobrious sense

Translations for papacy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the position or power of the pope

The papacy is the central authority of the Roman Catholic church.

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