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papacy

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Etymology

Circa 14th century, [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] papa (pope), + English suffix -cy, from Mediaeval Latin papatia.

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papacy

Plural
papac

papacy (papac)
  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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