Definition of Episcopate

1. Noun. The term of office of a bishop.

Generic synonyms: Incumbency, Tenure, Term Of Office

2. Noun. The territorial jurisdiction of a bishop.
Exact synonyms: Bishopric, Diocese
Specialized synonyms: Archdiocese, Eparchy, Exarchate
Terms within: See, Parish
Generic synonyms: Jurisdiction
Derivative terms: Diocesan

3. Noun. The collective body of bishops.
Exact synonyms: Episcopacy
Generic synonyms: People

4. Noun. The office and dignity of a bishop.
Exact synonyms: Bishopry
Generic synonyms: Berth, Billet, Office, Place, Position, Post, Situation, Spot

Definition of Episcopate

1. n. A bishopric; the office and dignity of a bishop.

2. v. i. To act as a bishop; to fill the office of a prelate.

Definition of Episcopate

1. Noun. Bishops seen as a group. ¹

2. Noun. The tenure in office of a bishop. ¹

3. Noun. (rare) A bishop's jurisdiction, the extent of his diocese. ¹

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Definition of Episcopate

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Episcopate

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episcleral lamina
episcleral veins
episcleritis multinodularis
episcleritis periodica fugax
episcopate (current term)

Literary usage of Episcopate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Clement is the first of the to connect this local organization with episcopate, the Old Testament and apostolic foundation. He mentions the connection ..."

2. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1888)
"If the episcopate at the Norman Conquest was sufficient (no one, I think, would say it was excessive), it must be admitted that, at first sight, ..."

3. The Historical Geography of Europe by Edward Augustus Freeman (1882)
"The Celtic episcopate. Tribal § 5. The Ecclesiastical Divisions of the British ... The Celtic episcopate was of an irregular and anomalous kind, and, ..."

4. Church Unity: Studies of Its Most Important Problems by Charles Augustus Briggs (1909)
"We have to consider under the Historical episcopate that which is essential to it as a ... These are but the outer garments of the Historical episcopate, ..."

5. A Source Book for Ancient Church History: From the Apostolic Age to the by Joseph Cullen Ayer (1913)
"He developed the conception of the episcopate beyond the point it had reached ... In the hands of Cyprian the episcopate became the essential foundation of ..."

6. The Infallibility of the Church: A Course of Lectures Delivered in the by George Salmon (1890)
"149):—' From this list [the Liberian] comes the much-criticised statement of the twenty- five years' duration of St. Peter's episcopate. ..."

7. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"... so called because it was compiled in the episcopate of Liberius, ... regards the duration of each episcopate, there are equally important discrepancies. ..."

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