- (often initial capital letter) the bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
- (in the early Christian church) a bishop.
- a person considered as having or assuming authority or a position similar to that of the Roman Catholic pope.
- the title of the Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
- Eastern Church.
- the Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria.
- (in certain churches) a parish priest.
Origin of pope
- Alexander,1688–1744, English poet.
- John,1822–92, Union general in the U.S. Civil War.
- John Russell,1874–1937, U.S. architect.
- died 1690?, Pueblo medicine man: led rebellion against the Spanish 1680.
Related Words for popepontiff, pontifical, see, legate, popery, vicegerent, papacy, vatican, nuncio, popedom, popish
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Contemporary Examples of pope
It is also important to avoid using the pope as part of a marketing strategy.
After the screening, Jolie, who says she renewed her faith in “the divine” during filming, met briefly with the pope.
Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.
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In addition to visiting the tomb of John Paul, who died of natural causes in 2005, Agca asked to see his successor, Pope Francis.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
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Historical Examples of pope
I have not time to tell you, today, about my late interview with the Pope.
To Pope's corrections, which Garth adopted, Mason had added a comment.
As might be anticipated, the poem is in the heroic measure of Pope.
Napoleon was neither boy nor man, patron, king, nor pope; he was Napoleon!The Boy Life of Napoleon
The pope of to-morrow is chosen up in heaven, eh, and simply waits?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (often capital) the bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic ChurchRelated adjective: papal
- Eastern Orthodox Church
- a title sometimes given to a parish priest
- a title sometimes given to the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria
- a person assuming or having a status or authority resembling that of a pope
Word Origin for pope
- another name for ruffe
- Alexander. 1688–1744, English poet, regarded as the most brilliant satirist of the Augustan period, esp with his Imitations of Horace (1733–38). His technical virtuosity is most evident in The Rape of the Lock (1712–14). Other works include The Dunciad (1728; 1742), the Moral Essays (1731–35), and An Essay on Man (1733–34)
Old English papa (9c.), from Church Latin papa "bishop, pope" (in classical Latin, "tutor"), from Greek papas "patriarch, bishop," originally "father." Applied to bishops of Asia Minor and taken as a title by the Bishop of Alexandria c.250. In Western Church, applied especially to the Bishop of Rome since the time of Leo the Great (440-461) and claimed exclusively by them from 1073 (usually in English with a capital P-). Popemobile, his car, is from 1979. Papal, papacy, later acquisitions in English, preserve the original vowel.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church. The pope is believed by his church to be the successor to the Apostle Peter. He is bishop of Rome and lives in a tiny nation within Rome called the Vatican. Catholics believe that when the pope speaks officially on matters of faith and morals, he speaks infallibly (see papal infallibility). (See also John XXIII and John Paul II.)