Originally the close advisers of the pagan pontifex* maximus at Rome; in RCm, from the 16th c., the term designated any coll. or sem. founded by, or under direct jurisdiction of, the papacy; later it came to mean such institutions for training for. missionaries; since 1931 it refers to all RC colleges and univs. granting academic degrees.
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