One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounusually the papacy
1The office or authority of the Pope.
- ‘Italian painter of the Umbrian School whose most important work in Rome and Siena celebrated the renewed authority of the papacy.’
- ‘But the kings also increasingly invoked the authority of the papacy as a source of legitimacy rather then popular acclamation.’
- ‘Those who think little of the papacy or the Catholic Church can blame Pope Innocent III.’
- ‘In 1309, a French pope moved the papacy (office of the pope) from Rome to Avignon in what is now France.’
- ‘Yet even as the papacy extended its universal authority, it might also contribute to the creation of national, secular identities.’
- 1.1 The tenure of office of a pope.‘during the papacy of Pope John’
- ‘Innocent used, or threatened, interdicts some 85 times during his papacy.’
- ‘Throughout his papacy. Pope Pius XII was almost universally, regarded as a saintly man, a scholar, a man of peace, a tower of strength, and a compassionate defender and protector of all victims of the war and genocide that had drenched Europe in blood.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin papatia, from papa ‘pope’.
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