Pa"pa*cy (?), n. [LL. papatia, fr. L. papa a father, bishop. See Pope.]


The office and dignity of the pope, or pontiff, of Rome; papal jurisdiction.


The popes, collectively; the succession of popes.


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


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