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Archdeacon definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ARCHDE'ACON, n. [See Deacon.]
In England, an ecclesiastical dignitary, next in rank below a bishop, who has jurisdiction either over a part or over the whole diocese. He is usually appointed by the bishop, and has an authority originally derived from the bishop, but now independent of him. He has a court, the most inferior of ecclesiastical courts, for hearing ecclesiastical causes, and the punishment of offenders by spiritual censures.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English archedeken, from Old English arcediacon, from Late Latin archidiaconus, from Late Greek archidiakonos, from Greek archi- + diakonos deacon Date: before 12th century a clergyman having the duty of assisting a diocesan bishop in ceremonial functions or administrative work

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 an Anglican cleric ranking below a bishop. 2 a member of the clergy of similar rank in other Churches. Derivatives: archdeaconry n. (pl. -ies). archdeaconship n. Etymology: OE arce-, ercediacon, f. eccl.L archidiaconus f. eccl.Gk arkhidiakonos (as ARCH-, DEACON)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Archdeacon Arch`dea"con, n. [AS. arcediacon, archidiacon, L. archidiaconus, fr. Gr. ?. See Arch-, pref., and Deacon.] In England, an ecclesiastical dignitary, next in rank below a bishop, whom he assists, and by whom he is appointed, though with independent authority. --Blackstone.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(archdeacons) An archdeacon is a high-ranking clergyman who works as an assistant to a bishop, especially in the Anglican church. N-COUNT; N-TITLE



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