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Episcopalian

[ih-pis-kuh-peyl-yuh n, -pey-lee-uh n] /ɪˌpɪs kəˈpeɪl yən, -ˈpeɪ li ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining or adhering to the Episcopal Church in America.
2.
(lowercase) pertaining or adhering to the episcopal form of church government.
noun
3.
a member of the Episcopal Church in America.
4.
(lowercase) an adherent of the episcopal system of church government.
Origin of Episcopalian
1680-1690
1680-90; episcopal + -ian
Related forms
Episcopalianism, noun
nonepiscopalian, adjective
non-Episcopalian, noun
pseudo-Episcopalian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for Episcopalian
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  • For instance, it has more of an Episcopalian character than dissenting chapels at the time of its erection generally had.

    The London Pulpit J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Some accounts state that he was a Presbyterian; he was, however, an Episcopalian.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • I did so mainly on the views suggested to me in the Letters of an Episcopalian.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • "It's nothing to be so joyful over," urged the Episcopalian brother.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • They come with special force from one who does not himself belong to an Episcopalian Church.

British Dictionary definitions for Episcopalian

episcopalian

/ɪˌpɪskəˈpeɪlɪən/
adjective
1.
practising or advocating the principle of Church government by bishops
noun
2.
an advocate of such Church government
Derived Forms
episcopalianism, noun

Episcopalian

/ɪˌpɪskəˈpeɪlɪən/
adjective
1.
belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church
noun
2.
a member or adherent of this Church
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Word Origin and History for Episcopalian

episcopalian

1738 (n.), 1768 (adj.), from episcopal + -ian. Related: Episcopalianism.

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