WORD ORIGIN noun, plural pri·ma·cies for 2, 3. the state of being first in order, rank, importance, etc. Also called primateship. . English Ecclesiastics the office, rank, or dignity of a primate. . Roman Catholic Church the jurisdiction of a bishop, as a patriarch, over other bishoprics, or the supreme jurisdiction of the pope as supreme bishop. Origin of primacy 1350–1400; Middle English primacie
Medieval Latin prīmātia,
-ātus -ate 3
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British Dictionary definitions for primacies noun plural -cies the state of being first in rank, grade, etc Christianity the office, rank, or jurisdiction of a primate or senior bishop or (in the Roman Catholic Church) the pope
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Word Origin and History for primacies n.
late 14c., from Old French
primacie (14c., in Modern French spelled primatie) and directly from Medieval Latin primatia "office of a church primate" (late 12c.), from Late Latin primas (genitive primatis) "principal, chief, of the first rank" (see primate).
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