autocephalous

autocephalous

[aw-tuh-sef-uh-luhs]
adjective Eastern Church.
1.
(of a church) having its own head or chief bishop, though in communion with other Orthodox churches.
2.
(of a bishop) subordinate to no superior authority; self-governing.

Origin:
1860–65; < Late Greek autoképhalos having its own head. See auto-1, -cephalous

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autocephalous (ˌɔːtəʊˈsɛfələs)
 
adj
1.  (of an Eastern Christian Church) governed by its own national synods and appointing its own patriarchs or prelates
2.  (of a bishop) independent of any higher governing body
 
autocephalic
 
adj
 
auto'cephaly
 
n

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