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diocesan

[dahy-os-uh-suh n] /daɪˈɒs ə sən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a diocese.
noun
2.
one of the clergy or people of a diocese.
3.
the bishop in charge of a diocese.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin dioecēsānus. See diocese, -an
Related forms
nondiocesan, adjective
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Examples for diocesan
  • Above all, the charter may come to nought if the bishops fail to enforce it at diocesan level.
  • But in terms of his clerical status, he was an ordinary diocesan cleric.
  • Nor are the individual parishes and other members of the diocesan family named as defendants.
British Dictionary definitions for diocesan

diocesan

/daɪˈɒsɪsən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a diocese
noun
2.
the bishop of a diocese
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Word Origin and History for diocesan
adj.

mid-15c., from French diocésain (15c.), from diocese (see diocese).

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