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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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  • Some deacons remain permanently in the diaconate, many go on to be ordained priests.
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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