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noun [U]  /ˈpeɪ·pə·si/ us  
the position of the pope (= leader of the Roman Catholic Church)
adjective [not gradable]  /ˈpeɪ·pəl/ us  
a papal audience/Mass
Translations of “papacy”
in Spanish papado, pontificado…
in French papauté…
in German das päpstliche Amt, das Papsttum…
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