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From pope +‎ -ship.


popeship (plural popeships)

  1. The state, quality, condition, or jurisdiction of being a pope; papacy.
    • 1899, Bernardino Ochino, Constance E. Plumptre, The Tragedy:
      This was the holy man who first gave this goodly creature of the popeship to the world.
  2. A term used as a title or designation.
    • 1905, Samuel Rutherford Crockett, May Margaret: called "the fair maid of Galloway," - Page 184:
      Why, there has gone already to Rome a messenger to crave a second dispensation from his Popeship, and the King himself hath signed the request, praying that you and I should graciously be permitted to wed!