archdeaconate

archdeacon

[ahrch-dee-kuhn]
noun
1.
an ecclesiastic, ranking next below a bishop and having charge of the temporal and external administration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop.
2.
Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor conferred only on a member of a cathedral chapter.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English archideken, Old English arcediacon < Late Latin archidiāconus < Greek archidiā́konos. See arch-1, deacon

archdeaconate, archdeaconship, noun
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archdeacon (ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən)
 
n
1.  an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
2.  a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches

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