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[bish-uh p-rik] /ˈbɪʃ əp rɪk/
the see, diocese, or office of a bishop.
Origin of bishopric
before 900; Middle English bisshoprike, Old English biscoprīce, equivalent to biscop bishop + rīce realm; see rich
Related forms
underbishopric, noun Unabridged
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  • Wherever you have a bishopric, you have beautiful artifacts.
  • Lore has it that its unusual location was chosen by citizens frustrated by the powerful bishopric's reluctance to cede them land.
  • Subsequently the bishops required that some type of hospitals be attached to each bishopric, cathedral, and monastery.
  • He himself could reside in this house temporarily while touring from time-to-time his far-flung bishopric.
British Dictionary definitions for bishopric


the see, diocese, or office of a bishop
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Word Origin and History for bishopric

Old English bisceoprice "diocese, province of a bishop," from bishop + rice "realm, dominion, province" (see regal).

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