Definition of pontificacy in English:

pontificacy

Pronunciation /pɒnˈtɪfɪkəsi/

noun

  • The office of a pontifex or pontiff; (now especially) the office of Pope; the tenure or duration of such an office; (also occasionally) the system of organization to which such an office belongs.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Rastell. From classical Latin pontificātus pontificate; compare -acy.