States of the Church


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States of the Church

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(Historical Terms) another name for the Papal States

Pa′pal States′


n.pl.
the areas in central Italy ruled by the popes from a.d. 755 until the unification of Italy in 1870. Also called States of the Church.
References in classic literature ?
The States of the Church thought that they could not send less than 7,040 Roman crowns; and Portugal carried her devotion to science as far as 30,000 cruzados.