episcopalism

episcopalism

[ih-pis-kuh-puh-liz-uhm]
noun
the theory of church polity according to which the supreme ecclesiastical authority is vested in the episcopal order as a whole, and not in any individual except by delegation.

Origin:
episcopal + -ism

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episcopalism (ɪˈpɪskəpəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
the belief that a Church should be governed by bishops

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