Vatican
Vatican Vat"i*can, n. [L. Vaticanus, mons, or collis, Vaticanus, the Vatican hill, in Rome, on the western bank of the Tiber: cf. F. Vatican, It. Vaticano.] A magnificent assemblage of buildings at Rome, near the church of St. Peter, including the pope's palace, a museum, a library, a famous chapel, etc. [1913 Webster]

Note: The word is often used to indicate the papal authority. [1913 Webster]

{Thunders of the Vatican}, the anathemas, or denunciations, of the pope. [1913 Webster]


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