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ecumenical patriarch

noun
1.
the patriarch of Constantinople, regarded as the highest dignitary of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
Related forms
ecumenical patriarchate, noun
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honorary primacy of the Eastern Orthodox autocephalous, or ecclesiastically independent, churches; it is also known as the "ecumenical patriarchate," or "Roman" patriarchate (Turkish: Rum patriarkhanesi).

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