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[pohp-duh m]
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  1. the office or dignity of a pope.
  2. the tenure of office of a pope.
  3. the papal government.
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Origin of popedom

before 1150; Middle English pape dom; Old English pāpdōm. See pope, -dom
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Related Words

pontiff, pontifical, see, legate, popery, vicegerent, papacy, vatican, nuncio, popedom, popish

Examples from the Web for popedom

Historical Examples

  • He'll not be nearer to the Popedom when the cannon are shaking the Vatican!

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • Surely these are not the expressions of one who was "the slave of the Popedom."

  • Wolsey desired to save the popedom; but the popedom resisted.

  • Prayer in popedom is mere tongue-threshing; not prayer but a work of obedience.

  • The successor of Adrian in the popedom was a native of Sienna, and a temporal monarch as well as Adrian.

British Dictionary definitions for popedom


  1. the office or dignity of a pope
  2. the tenure of office of a pope
  3. the dominion of a pope; papal government
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