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episcopacy

[ih-pis-kuh-puh-see] /ɪˈpɪs kə pə si/
noun, plural episcopacies.
1.
government of the church by bishops; church government in which there are three distinct orders of ministers, namely bishops, priests or presbyters, and deacons.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; episcop(ate) + -acy
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Examples for episcopacy
  • The memorial was referred to the committee on the episcopacy.
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episcopacy

/ɪˈpɪskəpəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
government of a Church by bishops
2.
another word for episcopate
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