episcopate

episcopate

[ih-pis-kuh-pit, -peyt]
noun
1.
the office and dignity of a bishop; bishopric.
2.
the order or body of bishops.
3.
the incumbency of a bishop.
4.
the diocese of a bishop.

Origin:
1635–45; < Late Latin episcopātus the office of a bishop. See bishop, -ate3

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episcopate (ɪˈpɪskəpɪt, -ˌpeɪt)
 
n
1.  the office, status, or term of office of a bishop
2.  bishops collectively

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