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Definition of "papal" []

  • Of, relating to, or issued by a pope: the papal succession; a papal bull. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the pope or the papacy (adjective)

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Use "papal" in a sentence
  • "(Pius XI seated upon the papal throne in papal mantum, with Cardinal deacons in cappa on either side)"
  • "Why should we rely on anti-LT Catholics when we wouldn't dream, for example, of asking Protestants to explain papal infallibility?"
  • "I would later learn that my ideas about social justice, better articulated and without my errors, appear in papal encyclicals."