Holy Father


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Holy Father

n.
1. Roman Catholic Church Used as a title and form of address for the pope.
2. Christianity Used as a form of address for God.
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Holy Father

n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a title of the pope
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Ho′ly Fa′ther


n.
a title of the pope.
[1375–1425]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Holy Father - the head of the Roman Catholic ChurchHoly Father - the head of the Roman Catholic Church
papacy, pontificate - the government of the Roman Catholic Church
spiritual leader - a leader in religious or sacred affairs
Catholic - a member of a Catholic church
antipope - someone who is elected pope in opposition to another person who is held to be canonically elected; "the antipopes resided in Avignon during the Great Schism"
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Translations
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Holy Father

n the Holy Fatheril Santo Padre
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References in classic literature ?
"Two and thirty of the seniors and fifteen of the novices, most holy father. Brother Mark of the Spicarium is sore smitten with a fever and could not come.
Now I think in good sooth that is one of Robin Hood's own men." So, presently, he said aloud, "O holy father, wilt thou not take a good pot of March beer to slake thy thirsty soul withal?"
No words can express the ecstasies I was transported with at seeing the relics of so great a man, and reflecting that it had pleased God to make me the instrument of their preservation, so that one day, if our holy father the Pope shall be so pleased, they may receive the veneration of the faithful.
Holy Father Nicholas, teacher of temperance!' he thought, recalling the service of the day before and the holy icon with its black face and gilt frame, and the tapers which he sold to be set before that icon and which were almost immediately brought back to him scarcely burnt at all, and which he put away in the store-chest.
Sir John tells us then how he took his book to the holy father the Pope, and how he caused it to be read, and "the Pope hath ratified and affirmed my book in all points.
"Oh, Mamma, how is it you don't understand that the Holy Father, who has the right to grant dispensations..."
'Holy Father! Bless my afflicted offspring that she may be healed of her malady.
"By choosing two of the greatest personages of Rome, especially rich men -- this was the return the holy father looked for.
A male ruby Burns like a lighted coal within the clasp The Holy Father has not such a stone, Nor could the Indies show a brother to it.
I thank the Holy Father right heartily, and I wish him long life and plenty of happiness.
the queen-mother wrote to the court of Rome, and received as answer, that a marriage between us would have no validity, and would be dissolved by the holy father. At length, finding there was no hope for us, I requested to have my marriage with the infanta at least delayed."
``O, Jacob!'' he exclaimed ``O, all ye twelve Holy Fathers of our tribe!