• WordNet 3.6
    • n papacy the government of the Roman Catholic Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Papacy The office and dignity of the pope, or pontiff, of Rome; papal jurisdiction.
    • Papacy The popes, collectively; the succession of popes.
    • Papacy The Roman Catholic religion; -- commonly used by the opponents of the Roman Catholics in disparagement or in an opprobrious sense.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n papacy The office, dignity, and authority of the Pope or Bishop of Rome; the papal; jurisdiction; the ecclesiastical organization subject to the Pope.
    • n papacy The succession or line of popes, with its ecclesiastical and political traditions.
    • n papacy That system of ecclesiastical government which recognizes and is based upon the apostolic primacy and supreme authority of the Pope or Bishop of Rome over the church universal; the Church of Rome; the Roman Catholic Church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Papacy pā′pa-si the office of the Pope: the authority of the Pope: popery: the Popes, as a body
    • v.i Papacy to conform to popery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. papatia, fr. L. papa, a father, bishop. See Pope


In literature:

Zvonimir was crowned by the legate of Pope Gregory VII, and appears to have been regarded as a vassal of the papacy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
All this time the papacy was in a very sad condition.
"Sketches of Church History" by James Craigie Robertson
Indignantly the Papacy pitted Christianity against it, as already it had pitted the latter against Islam.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
On the Continent it fares ill with the Papacy.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
To defend the Papacy and to embarrass Charles was the surest method of protecting himself and his order.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
The Struggle with the Papacy.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
During his stay in the city Charles renewed the donation which his father Pippin had made to the papacy in 754 or 756.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
Soon after his election to the Papacy, Gregory X. decided to hold a General Council at Lyons.
"Saint Bonaventure" by Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
But first of all, he was striving to destroy the Papacy.
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
Ten years later it was given to the papacy, but soon revolted and recovered its liberty.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
To the wickedness of the Papacy humanity owes much.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
Aquila was founded by Conrad, son of the emperor Frederick II., about 1250, as a bulwark against the power of the papacy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
Tusculum, the disgrace of the papacy, rebelled.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Even in Austria, that everlasting stronghold of Papacy, the Catholics were in a minority.
"A Short History of Germany" by Mary Platt Parmele
In 1815 it returned to the papacy, but was united to Italy in 1860.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
In 1199 it became a free city, and remained independent until 1550, when it became subject to the papacy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
The Papacy was transferred from Rome to France.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
They arose in 1304 as a protest against Papacy, but were suppressed by the troops of the Inquisition in 1307.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The first of these was with the papacy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7" by Various
But during her papacy she became in the family way by a familiar.
"Curious Myths of the Middle Ages" by Sabine Baring-Gould

In news:

The occasion was the fifth anniversary of Benedict XVI's papacy.
Like his predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger brings a long life story to his papacy.
For example, his proposal of a crusade against the papacy's political opponent, Markward of Anweiler, marked an important shift in crusading ideology—waging crusades against Christians.
And I said about John Paul's papacy on the television program we taped with the professor.
Karol Józef Wojtya, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920.
A History of the Papacy By John Julius Norwich (Random House, 528 pages, $30).
History of papacy focuses on politics.
Future of the Papacy .
As the world awaits word from the Vatican about Pope John Paul II's near death situation, two scholars discuss the reshaping of the papacy and the pope's impact on the Catholic Church as an institution.
Considering the Papacy of John Paul II.
It is ironic for these people to declare the authority of the papacy dead.
Among the other handles that Vatican officials had reportedly considered was @BenedictusPPXVI, but they opted for something that was linked to the office of the papacy.
A painful and damaging chapter in Pope Benedict XVI's papacy closed Saturday with the conviction of his former butler on charges he stole the pontiff's private letters and leaked them to a journalist.
VATICAN CITY—A verdict in the case of the pope's butler accused of leaking papal documents may help close one of the most damaging scandals of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A painful and damaging chapter in Pope Benedict XVI's papacy closed Saturday with the conviction of his former butler on charges he stole the pontiff's private letters and leaked them to a journalist.