episcopacy

[ih-pis-kuh-puh-see]
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:
1640–50; episcop(ate) + -acy

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episcopacy (ɪˈpɪskəpəsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  government of a Church by bishops
2.  another word for episcopate

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