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diocese

[dahy-uh-sis, -seez, -sees] /ˈdaɪ ə sɪs, -ˌsiz, -ˌsis/
noun
1.
an ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English diocise, diocese < Anglo-French < Late Latin diocēsis, variant of Late Latin, Latin dioecēsis, < Greek dioíkēsis housekeeping, administration, province, diocese, equivalent to dioikē-, variant stem of dioikeîn to keep house, administer, govern (di- di-3 + oikeîn to dwell, occupy, manage, derivative of oîkos house) + -sis -sis
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diocese

/ˈdaɪəsɪs/
noun
1.
the district under the jurisdiction of a bishop
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin diocēsis, from Greek dioikēsis administration, from dioikein to manage a household, from oikos house
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Word Origin and History for diocese
n.

early 14c., from Old French diocese (13c., Modern French diocèse), from Late Latin diocesis "a governor's jurisdiction," later, "a bishop's jurisdiction," from Greek dioikesis "government, administration; province," originally "economy, housekeeping," from dioikein "control, govern, administer, manage a house," from dia- "thoroughly" (see dia-) + oikos "house" (see villa).

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Encyclopedia Article for diocese

in some Christian churches, a territorial area administered by a bishop. The word originally referred to a governmental area in the Roman Empire, governed by an imperial vicar. The secular diocese was subdivided into provinces, each with its own governor; but, in the ecclesiastical adaptation of the system, the province became the larger territorial unit, administered by a metropolitan bishop and subdivided into dioceses.

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