Definition of papacy in English:

papacy

nounpapacies

usually in singular
  • 1The office or authority of the Pope.

    ‘relations between the English state and the papacy’
    ‘a papacy in decline’
    • ‘In 1309, a French pope moved the papacy (office of the pope) from Rome to Avignon in what is now France.’
    • ‘Italian painter of the Umbrian School whose most important work in Rome and Siena celebrated the renewed authority of the papacy.’
    • ‘Those who think little of the papacy or the Catholic Church can blame Pope Innocent III.’
    • ‘But the kings also increasingly invoked the authority of the papacy as a source of legitimacy rather then popular acclamation.’
    • ‘Yet even as the papacy extended its universal authority, it might also contribute to the creation of national, secular identities.’
    1. 1.1The 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.’

Origin

Late Middle English from medieval Latin papatia, from papa ‘pope’.

Pronunciation

papacy

/ˈpeɪpəsi/