American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church The bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church on earth.
- n. Eastern Orthodox Church The patriarch of Alexandria.
- n. The Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
- n. The male head of some non-Christian religions: the Taoist pope.
- n. A person considered to have unquestioned authority: the pope of surrealism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church and hierarchy. The title pope (Latin papa or papas, Greek
πάπας, πάππας), literally ‘papa’ or ‘father,’ was given in the early church, both in the East and West, to bishops in general, and has from the middle of the third century to the present day been an especial title of the patriarch of Alexandria. In the Western Church it began to be restricted to the Bishop of Rome in the sixth century, and in 1073 the assumption of the title by any other bishop was formally forbidden. In the Eastern Church the same word (with a different accentuation, παπἀς) became a familiar title of ordinary priests, and is commonly so used at the present day. According to Roman Catholic teaching, the Pope is not only bishop, metropolitan, and patriarch, but, as incumbent of the Roman see, is successor of St. Peter, and as such vicar of Christ and visible head of the whole church, and supreme pastor and teacher of all Christians. From his decision there is no appeal; and when he speaks ex cathedra—that is, in discharge of his office and by virtue of his supreme apostolic authority—his teaching regarding faith and morals is to be accepted as infallible. (See infallibility. 1.) Even in very early times the Bishop of Rome addressed other churches in a tone of authority. The first great asserter of the privileges of the Roman see was Leo I. (440-461); and the medieval papacy reached its climax of spiritual and temporal power under Gregory VII. (1073-85).
- n. The patriarch of Alexandria.
- n. A priest in the Greek or Russian Church.
- n. The head of any church or ecclesiastical system.
- n. The blacktail, a fish: same as ruff.
- n. The bullfinch.
- n. The red-backed shrike, Lanius collurio.
- n. The puffin, Fratercula arctica. Montagu.
- n. The painted finch, or nonpareil. See cut under Passcrina.
- n. An Eastern Orthodox priest.
- n. Christianity The bishop of Rome; the head of the Roman Catholic church.
- n. by extension The head of any religion.
- n. The Bishop or Patriarch of Alexandria.
- n. A small Eurasian freshwater fish, Gymnocephalus cernua.
- n. Any of various birds having reddish plumage on the breast, especially the bullfinch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Any ecclesiastic, esp. a bishop.
- n. The bishop of Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church. See Note under Cardinal.
- n. A parish priest, or a chaplain, of the Greek Church.
- n. (Zoöl.) A fish; the ruff.
- n. the head of the Roman Catholic Church
- n. English poet and satirist (1688-1744)
- From Old English pāpa, from Medieval Latin papa, from Ancient Greek παπάς (papás), variant of πάππας (páppas, "daddy, papa"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English pāpa, from Late Latin, from Latin, father (title of bishops), from Greek pappās; see papa in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He received a "Medal of Peace" from Pope John Paul I, that guy who was pope for about ten minutes, but found time to give a peace award to a man who invented a filthy weapon of mass-death.”
“After a New York Times story reported that Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) failed to defrock a priest who abused 200 deaf children in Wisconsin, the pope lashed out against the news media.”
“Indeed, in the wake of much praise for Mayor Bloomberg's defense of civil and religious liberty, let me modestly suggest that he next go to Rome in October and deliver a sequel at Pope Benedict XVI's synod on what the pope recently called the "urgent" plight of Christian minorities in the Middle East.”
“And finally, that the canonization process of Pope John Paul II be halted until there is a full independent investigation of whether the late pope was involved in cover-ups of Catholic clergy.”
“VATICAN CITY — A senior Vatican cardinal defended Pope Benedict during an Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square attended by the pope, dismissing criticism of the pontiff's handling of the sexual-abuse crisis as "gossip.”
“The Pope is on an official state visit to Britain, and the anti-Pope throng strongly protested the use of taxpayers 'money to pay for the lavish trappings of this the first state visit to London by any pope.”
“More British Catholics Raise Their Profile Iain Martin: Defending the Pope When asked to respond to recent polls showing the scandal had shaken the faith of British Catholics, the pope said he was "shocked by the revelations" of abuse, which he described as a "perversion that is hard to understand.”
“NEW YORK & mdash; Faced with a changing outlook from Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and their role in preventing the spread of HIV, many prominent conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. are rejecting the Vatican's own explanation of what the pope said.”
“After all the Pope himself said, "I hope my gesture is followed by the hoped-for commitment on their part to take the further steps necessary to realize full communion with the Church, thus witnessing true fidelity, and true recognition of the magisterium and the authority of the pope and of the Second Vatican Council.”
“It's natural that you'd expect he heavily Catholic Hispanics to trust the Pope, but Bill Clinton was rated higher than the pope back in '05.”
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Terms associated with the Christianity, The Bible, etc. I have a related, but more narrow list called Imbible Code.
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Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
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Weird words that are weird
honorifics. might park some formal titles here too until there are enough to spawn another list.
Holy men (and women).
As a second language, thank you.
Just the things that I like to utter at the TV or passing oiks.
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