Definition of Holy see
1. Noun. The smallest sovereign state in the world; the see of the Pope (as the Bishop of Rome); home of the Pope and the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church; achieved independence from Italy in 1929.
Generic synonyms: See, European Country, European Nation
Group relationships: Capital Of Italy, Eternal City, Italian Capital, Roma, Rome
Terms within: Citta Del Vaticano, Vatican City
Definition of Holy see
1. Proper noun. The episcopal jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome, commonly known as the Pope. It is the preeminent see of the Catholic Church. It is also the sovereign entity headed by the Pope which governs the Vatican and represents the Catholic Church in temporal affairs. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Holy see
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Congregations approved by the holy see have the organization of ... With this exception, the chapter is not summoned without the consent of the holy see. ..."
2. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1920)
"And it must further be emphasised that the holy see cannot conclude ... Again, the so-called concordats—that is, treaties between the holy see and States ..."
3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1909)
"France, or rather her leader, dared to present a sort of ultimatum to the Holy See, embodying a total amnesty, lay administration, and Liberal institutions. ..."
4. Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events (1871)
"Equally matter of notoriety are the solemn reclamations and protests of the Holy See against that sacrilegious spoliation; reclamations and protests made ..."
5. The Contemporary Review (1878)
"Indeed, as the proposition he sets himself to establish is that r. against the holy see, as the embodiment of the Empire-Church, is visibly the political ..."
6. The History of the Popes: From the Close of the Middle Ages. Drawn from the by Ludwig Pastor (1908)
"... what Leo X. had most at heart were the temporal power and independence of the holy see and the so-called liberty of Italy. ..."