Papacy Pa"pa*cy, n. [LL. papatia, fr. L. papa a father, bishop. See {Pope}.] 1. The office and dignity of the pope, or pontiff, of Rome; papal jurisdiction. [1913 Webster]

2. The popes, collectively; the succession of popes. [1913 Webster]

3. The Roman Catholic religion; -- commonly used by the opponents of the Roman Catholics in disparagement or in an opprobrious sense. [1913 Webster]

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