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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
Christiano Pagni, Secretary to Eleanor of Toledo (the wife of Duke Cosimo de' Medici), writes to Majordomo Pier Ricio, "My Duchess has told me to write to you to order Messer Bronzino to come to her, so that he can make a portrait of Don Giovanni (her 2nd son) to send to the Pope, which she wants dispatched as soon as possible" to help secure his cardinalship (176).