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diaconate

[dahy-ak-uh-nit, -neyt] /daɪˈæk ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
noun
1.
the office or dignity of a deacon.
2.
a body of deacons.
Origin of diaconate
1720-1730
1720-30; < Late Latin diāconātus. See deacon, -ate3
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  • There was no historian of the diaconate of the early Church.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • The diaconate, the presbyter, priest or elder, and the επισκοπος or bishop.

    Mysticism and its Results John Delafield
  • These are some of the qualifications spoken of as belonging to the diaconate, and are the same in application to either sex.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • During the last days of my diaconate, grace, no doubt, enlightened me.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
  • At the diaconate school there was a fellow who wrote verses; and what has become of him?

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • Those who had been called “managers” were now elected to the diaconate, and new men were added to the number.

  • Let us examine the requirements for the diaconate of the early Church.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • So early do well-taught Yankee children develop one qualification for the diaconate.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
  • It was celebrated as a Thanksgiving festival for the restoration of the diaconate of women to the Church.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • Leontius intended his diaconate to be a means of propagating Arianism.

British Dictionary definitions for diaconate

diaconate

/daɪˈækənɪt; -ˌneɪt/
noun
1.
the office, sacramental status, or period of office of a deacon
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin diāconātus; see deacon
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