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episcopate

[ih-pis-kuh-pit, -peyt] /ɪˈpɪs kə pɪt, -ˌpeɪt/
noun
1.
the office and dignity of a bishop; bishopric.
2.
the order or body of bishops.
3.
the incumbency of a bishop.
4.
the diocese of a bishop.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Late Latin episcopātus the office of a bishop. See bishop, -ate3
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episcopate

/ɪˈpɪskəpɪt; -ˌpeɪt/
noun
1.
the office, status, or term of office of a bishop
2.
bishops collectively
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