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papal

[pey-puh l] /ˈpeɪ pəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the pope or the papacy:
a papal visit to Canada.
2.
of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of papal
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word pāpālis. See pope, -al1
Related forms
papally, adverb
antipapal, adjective
nonpapal, adjective
pseudopapal, adjective
unpapal, adjective
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  • He enjoys the privileges of a papal offspring, and there is no sanctuary he will respect.

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  • Now, Cesare, being a duke, resents a cousin's being a papal legate.

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  • Matters were at this stage when Alexander VI ascended the papal throne.

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  • The English people are waiting for their turn while papal behests are executed.

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  • Britannia is the humble, obedient servant of papal Hibernia.

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British Dictionary definitions for papal

papal

/ˈpeɪpəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the pope or the papacy
Derived Forms
papally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for papal
adj.

late 14c., from Old French papal (late 14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin papalis "pertaining to the pope," from papa (see pope).

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