episcopal

[ih-pis-kuh-puhl]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a bishop: episcopal authority.
2.
based on or recognizing a governing order of bishops: an episcopal hierarchy.
3.
(initial capital letter) designating the Anglican Church or some branch of it, as the Episcopal Church in America.
noun
4.
(initial capital letter) Informal. an Episcopalian.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin episcopālis. See bishop, -al1

episcopally, adverb
nonepiscopal, adjective
nonepiscopally, adverb
pseudoepiscopal, adjective
quasi-episcopal, adjective
quasi-episcopally, adverb
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episcopal (ɪˈpɪskəpəl)
 
adj
of, denoting, governed by, or relating to a bishop or bishops
 
[C15: from Church Latin episcopālis, from episcopusbishop]
 
e'piscopally
 
adv

Episcopal (ɪˈpɪskəpəl)
 
adj
belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church
 
E'piscopally
 
adv

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episcopal
mid-15c., from M.Fr. episcopal, from L.L. episcopalis, from L. episcopus (see bishop). Sense of a church governed by bishops is 1752. With a capital -E-, the ordinary designation of the Anglican church in the U.S. and Scotland.
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Example sentences
Having therefore received the episcopal consecration, he cheerfully set himself to fulfil every duty of that important charge.
He is said to have been honoured there with the episcopal dignity, about the middle of the sixth century.
Great opposition was made against his episcopal consecration and mission, both by his own relations and by the clergy.
AN invincible courage and constancy in resisting evil is a necessary ingredient of virtue, especially in the episcopal character.
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