(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.
the Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria.
(in certain churches) a parish priest.
- popeless, adjective
- popelike, adjective
Other definitions for Pope (2 of 3)
Alexander, 1688–1744, English poet.
John, 1822–92, Union general in the U.S. Civil War.
John Russell, 1874–1937, U.S. architect.
Other definitions for Popé (3 of 3)
died 1690?, Pueblo medicine man: led rebellion against the Spanish 1680.
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How to use pope in a sentence
Küng noted that the doctrine had been adopted only in 1870 and that there were numerous historical examples of popes making foolish, ignorant and morally dubious decisions.Hans Küng, Catholic theologian who challenged papal authority, dies at 93 | Matt Schudel | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
For centuries, he said, the Vatican had neglected its spiritual mission as it pursued the accumulation of power and wealth, with the pope reigning as an absolute monarch.Hans Küng, Catholic theologian who challenged papal authority, dies at 93 | Matt Schudel | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
The Vatican’s tone towards LGBTQ-specific issues has softened since Francis became pope in 2013.Vatican says Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions | Michael K. Lavers | March 15, 2021 | Washington Blade
Three players union executives met with the pope, as did players Kyle Korver, Sterling Brown, Marco Belinelli, Anthony Tolliver and Jonathan Isaac.Pope Francis hosts NBA players after season defined by social justice activism | Chico Harlan | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the pope has eschewed mask-wearing protocols — and apparently asked visitors to do the same.Pope Francis hosts NBA players after season defined by social justice activism | Chico Harlan | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
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Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.
ROME — What does it take for a Hollywood A-lister to get a private audience with pope Francis?
After the screening, Jolie, who says she renewed her faith in “the divine” during filming, met briefly with the pope.
In addition to visiting the tomb of John Paul, who died of natural causes in 2005, Agca asked to see his successor, pope Francis.
Insurrectionary movements at Rome in consequence of the pope's refusal to declare war against Austria.
In the course of time, absolution for the sacrilege was obtained from the pope; but my father could never obtain it from himself.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The gracious message then was, that in such a case he should be represented to the pope, and possibly might be pardoned.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
He laid claim to some of the territories of the pope, by whom he was excommunicated and deposed.
Leo II, pope, died; an able and resolute pontiff; established the kiss of peace at the mass, and the use of holy water.
British Dictionary definitions for pope (1 of 3)
(often capital) the bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church: Related 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
British Dictionary definitions for pope (2 of 3)
another name for ruffe
British Dictionary definitions for Pope (3 of 3)
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)
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Cultural definitions for pope
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.)
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