papacy

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EtymologyEdit

Circa 14th century, from Medieval Latin papatia, from Latin papa (pope) + -tia (office, rank) (English -cy).

NounEdit

papacy (plural papacies)

  1. The office of the pope.
    The papacy represents the head of the Catholic Church.
  2. 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.

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Last modified on 24 April 2014, at 02:30