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episcopal

[ih-pis-kuh-puh l] /ɪˈpɪs kə pəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a bishop:
episcopal authority.
2.
based on or recognizing a governing order of bishops:
an episcopal hierarchy.
3.
(initial capital letter) designating the Anglican Church or some branch of it, as the Episcopal Church in America.
noun
4.
(initial capital letter) Informal. an Episcopalian.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin episcopālis. See bishop, -al1
Related forms
episcopally, adverb
nonepiscopal, adjective
nonepiscopally, adverb
pseudoepiscopal, adjective
quasi-episcopal, adjective
quasi-episcopally, adverb
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Examples for episcopal
  • Having therefore received the episcopal consecration, he cheerfully set himself to fulfil every duty of that important charge.
  • He is said to have been honoured there with the episcopal dignity, about the middle of the sixth century.
  • Great opposition was made against his episcopal consecration and mission, both by his own relations and by the clergy.
  • AN invincible courage and constancy in resisting evil is a necessary ingredient of virtue, especially in the episcopal character.
  • Wearing episcopal clothing, the monarch was blessed with holy water and incensed.
British Dictionary definitions for episcopal

episcopal

/ɪˈpɪskəpəl/
adjective
1.
of, denoting, governed by, or relating to a bishop or bishops
Derived Forms
episcopally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Church Latin episcopālis, from episcopusbishop

Episcopal

/ɪˈpɪskəpəl/
adjective
1.
belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church
Derived Forms
Episcopally, adverb

episcopalian

/ɪˌpɪskəˈpeɪlɪən/
adjective
1.
practising or advocating the principle of Church government by bishops
noun
2.
an advocate of such Church government
Derived Forms
episcopalianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for episcopal
episcopal
mid-15c., from M.Fr. episcopal, from L.L. episcopalis, from L. episcopus (see bishop). Sense of a church governed by bishops is 1752. With a capital -E-, the ordinary designation of the Anglican church in the U.S. and Scotland.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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