Definition of Papal bull

1. Noun. A formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla).

Exact synonyms: Bull
Generic synonyms: Decree, Edict, Fiat, Order, Rescript



Definition of Papal bull

1. Noun. An official document or edict from the Pope. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Literary usage of Papal bull

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Some historians have suggested that a papal bull of the later Middle ' therefore prevented the proper evolution of anatomy. ..."

2. The History of the Popes, from the Close of the Middle Ages: Drawn from the by Ludwig Pastor, Ralph Francis Kerr, Frederick Ignatius Antrobus (1908)
"... in solemn procession, followed by the students, and burned the papal bull together with the books of canon law and several of his adversaries' writings. ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1899)
"The papal bull of confirmation was dated 24 March 1556-7, hut the bishop was not consecrated until 15 August. ..."

4. History of the United Netherlands, from the Death of William the Silent to by John Lothrop Motley (1900)
"... duplicity and procrastination —Pedantry and credulity of Dr. Dale—The papal bull and Dr. Allen's pamphlet—Dale sent to ask explanations—Parma denies all ..."

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