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 (kär′dn-əl, kärd′nəl)
1. Of foremost importance; paramount: a cardinal rule; cardinal sins.
2. Dark to deep or vivid red.
1. Abbr. Card. Roman Catholic Church A high church official, ranking just below the pope, who has been appointed by a pope to membership in the College of Cardinals.
2. A dark to deep or vivid red.
3. A North American bird (Cardinalis cardinalis) having a crested head, a short thick bill, and bright red plumage in the male.
4. A short hooded cloak, originally of scarlet cloth, worn by women in the 1700s.
5. A cardinal number.

[Middle English, from Late Latin cardinālis, principal, pivotal, from Latin, serving as a hinge, from cardō, cardin-, hinge.]

car′di·nal·ship′ n.
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Noun1.cardinalship - the office of cardinal
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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With the emoluments of the cardinalship and the ministry, I say too little when I say two millions a year.
Both Farah and Kayyal could have been potential candidates for cardinalship, the source said, and the accusations could be part of an attempt to thwart their candidacies.
Al-Rahi was elected Maronite patriarch of Antioch in 2011 on the resignation of his predecessor, Cardinal Sfeir, and given a cardinalship by Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to Lebanon in 2012.