cardinalate

cardinalate

[kahr-dn-l-eyt]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
1.
the body of cardinals.
2.
the office, rank, or dignity of a cardinal.

Origin:
1635–45; cardinal + -ate3

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cardinalate or cardinalship (ˈkɑːdɪnəˌleɪt)
 
n
1.  the rank, office, or term of office of a cardinal
2.  the cardinals collectively
 
cardinalship or cardinalship
 
n

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