cardinalate

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From Latin cardinalatus, from cardinalis (cardinal), itself the noun use of the adjective derived from cardo (hinge, main point) + -alis (-al).

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cardinalate (plural cardinalates)

  1. The dignity and ecclestiastic office of Roman Catholic cardinal.
    The cardinalate ranks equal to a secular prince of the blood
  2. Collective term for the cardinals.
    The cardinalate under a maximum age composes the conclave which elects the pope

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