Definitions for: Papacy


[n] the government of the Roman Catholic Church



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: pontificate

See Also: authorities, government, Holy Father, pontiff, pope, regime, Vicar of Christ

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