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Black Pope

noun, Archaic.
the head of the Jesuit order (so called from the power he once possessed and from the black habit worn by the order).
Origin of Black Pope
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And do the rank and file know the Black Pope at the head of the order?

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • They'll make themselves a ruling class, an immortal elite, with Rinehart for their Black Pope.

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse

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