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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
papal
adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
authority
▪ Both reject papal centralization and papal authority as a means for discerning just government.
▪ The Uniates practised Eastern Orthodox rites but recognized papal authority.
▪ The issue of papal authority was central to the encyclical.
▪ There would also appear to have been relatively little popular hostility towards papal authority.
▪ There were now not only two popes but two centres of papal authority, Rome and Avignon.
▪ He tried hard to do this, but he was fighting a losing battle here against the rising tide of papal authority.
▪ This text, without carrying official papal authority, truly maintains the spirit of Dei Verbum.
▪ Another example of the tightening of papal authority concerned relics.
court
▪ The cardinals joined in all the rapidly growing administrative and judicial functions of the papal court.
▪ The only protection for the petitioner at the papal court is the Purse.
▪ His interests lay in power in the imperial court not in the papal court.
▪ Largely due to Bernard, they were to come to the forefront of politics and to find a place within the papal court.
curia
▪ But such enthusiasts were not numerous, and there were not many of them in the papal Curia.
▪ Alexander was resident at the papal curia at the time of his election to Coventry in 1224.
▪ Meanwhile, against the pope's better judgement, Edward had recalled from the papal Curia another exile, Winchelsey.
▪ So they too were at the papal Curia ready with their reply when the monks of Canterbury arrived.
decree
▪ Had he not himself acted thus after hearing the papal decree against lay investiture and clerical homage?
▪ His papal decrees were the foundation of canon law until their update in 1917.
▪ Anselm supported Henry, and he did not make his support conditional on Henry's acceptance of the new papal decrees.
▪ Hugh was the most forceful advocate of the principle which the new papal decree embodied.
legate
▪ It is possible that Offa would have liked Ecgfrith to have been consecrated either by the pope or by the papal legates.
▪ Though there were two papal legates, the Council was an Eastern affair, to solve an Eastern problem.
▪ Mr. Banks I have been accused of many things, but never of being a papal legate.
▪ The pope's intention now was for a diet of princes to be convoked - to be chaired by a papal legate.
▪ Alexander Nevski's replies to the papal legates she had by heart.
letter
▪ The papal letter which they brought was uncompromising in principle, though noticeably vague in its terms.
▪ These papal letters represent the high point in the campaign for a Church both spiritually and temporally independent of the lay ruler.
▪ Archbishop Stratford, however, ignored several papal letters urging him to resist royal encroachments on alien priories.
nuncio
▪ Eck, however, made his way to Rome and got himself appointed papal nuncio.
policy
▪ Innocent exhibited no change in previous papal policy on Sicily.
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papal authority
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Alexander was resident at the papal curia at the time of his election to Coventry in 1224.
▪ Besides being one of Henry III's most frequent ambassadors to Rome, Alexander served many times as papal judge delegate.
▪ So lofty were these papal prerogatives, that no further Council would ever be needed, or so it seemed to many.
▪ The papal letter which they brought was uncompromising in principle, though noticeably vague in its terms.
▪ The offerings made at the altars of papal churches were shared by the pope with the assisting clergy.
▪ They might even find that the trees prefer flute bands to papal choirs.
▪ They stand above and beyond any particular attempt, papal or otherwise, definitively to interpret them.
▪ When it was issued in 1234, with full papal approval, it was addressed to the masters and scholars of Bologna.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Papal

Papal \Pa"pal\, a. [F., fr. L. papa bishop. See Papacy.]

  1. Of or pertaining to the pope of Rome; proceeding from the pope; ordered or pronounced by the pope; as, papal jurisdiction; a papal edict; the papal benediction.
    --Milman.

  2. Of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church. ``Papal Christians.''
    --Bp. Burnet.

    Papal cross. See Illust. 3 of Cross.

    Papal crown, the tiara.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
papal

late 14c., from Old French papal (late 14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin papalis "pertaining to the pope," from papa (see pope).

Wiktionary
papal

a. Having to do with the pope or the papacy.

WordNet
papal

adj. proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles; "papal dispensation" [syn: apostolic, apostolical, pontifical]

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Usage examples of "papal".

He publicly chastised the cardinals for absenteeism, luxury, and lascivious life, forbade them to hold or sell plural benefices, prohibited their acceptance of pensions, gifts of money, and other favors from secular sources, ordered the papal treasurer not to pay them their customary half of the revenue from benefices but to use it for the restoration of churches in Rome.

Gradually, the French became more and more intransigent and this climaxed in 1292 when the papal throne became vacant and the French and Italian factions in the College of Cardinals cancelled each other out to the extent that they wrangled for two years without reaching agreement: no candidate achieved the required two-thirds majority.

The abbe being intimately acquainted with them, I gathered from him all the information I required, and, amongst other things, I heard that the young countess had a brother, then an officer in the papal service.

Pope Gregory the Great, in the sixth century, either borrowing some of the more objectionable features of the purgatory doctrine previously held by the heathen, or else devising the same things himself from a perception of the striking adaptedness of such notions to secure an enviable power to the Church, constructed, established, and gave working efficiency to the dogmatic scheme of purgatory ever since firmly defended by the papal adherents as an integral part of the Roman Catholic system.

But though uttered by a Roman cardinal, even such an expression can hardly be termed violent when applied to the synod which established free elections to bishoprics, suppressed the right of bestowing the pallium, of exacting annates and payments to the papal chancery, and which was endeavouring to restore the papacy to evangelical poverty.

In contrast, the Council of the Apocrypha was a small, veiled and purposefully unrecorded papal body wielding an authority that easily rivaled that of the College, the cardinals of the Apocrypha suffered no dominion but that of God and were accountable only to His chosen representative on earth - the Holy Father.

These boons were offset, however, by a new delegation summoning Becket and the king again to arbitrament of their grievances, and setting Ascension Day as the term of papal leniency.

Martin the ape not only promised his good offices at the papal court, but bade Reynard not hesitate to consult his wife should he find himself in any predicament at court.

Utter silence followed this pronouncement, such that even far across the cathedral square, the rustle of parchment could be heard as the papal chaplain rolled up his scroll, turning away to converse quietly with two waiting prelates as a belated murmur of conversation rippled through the crowd.

A certain feral quality in Chuchu had struck a response deep down in Jenny and it was not long before the Fennessey lawyers were boning up on canon law and probing the possibilities of a papal annulment and remarriage beneath the pontifical umbrella, while Jenny, just slightly pregnant with Luis Fernando, shrieked encouragement over the long-distance lines from a little villa for two in Acapulco.

I picked up the torch just after she and Chuchu picked up that cut-rate papal marquisate.

Papal Datary, a Florentine by the name of Lorenzo Pucci, was leaving to join the Pope in Bologna, he sought him out and asked if he would speak to Julius in his behalf, try to collect the five hundred ducats still owed him for the half of the vault he had completed, secure permission to begin the second half, money to erect the scaffold.

The feast day of purgatory observed by papal Rome corresponds to the Lemuria celebrated by pagan Rome, and rests on the same doctrinal basis.

By enfeoffing Louis with the Kingdom of Adria, the Pope would regain a firm annual income from the patrimony, which had never been under papal control since the removal to Avignon.

Empire was no longer a Papal feoff and flatly refused to go to Rome to be crowned by the Pope .