What does papacy mean?

Definitions for papacyˈpeɪ pə si

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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

  4. Origin: [LL. papatia, fr. L. papa a father, bishop. See Pope.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Papacy

    pā′pa-si, n. the office of the Pope: the authority of the Pope: popery: the Popes, as a body.—adj. Pā′pal, belonging to, or relating to, the Pope or to popery: popish.—v.t. Pā′palise, to make papal.—v.i. to conform to popery.—ns. Pā′palism; Pā′palist.—adv. Pā′pally.—ns. Pāpaphō′bia, extreme fear of the Pope, or the progress of papacy; Pā′parchy, papal government. [Low L. papatiapapa, a father.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of papacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of papacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Allen:

    He's become the new Nelson Mandela, the new source of moral authority in the world, the papacy has not been this politically relevant since the end of the Cold War.

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