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Episcopacy definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EPIS'COPACY, n. [L. episcopatus; Gr. to inspect, to see. See Bishop.]
Government of the church by bishops; that form of ecclesiastical government, in which diocesan bishops are established, as distinct from and superior to priests or presbyters.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the collective body of bishops [syn: episcopacy, episcopate]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -cies) Date: 1647 1. government of the church by bishops or by a hierarchy 2. episcopate

Britannica Concise

System of church government by bishops. It existed as early as the 2nd cent. AD, when bishops were chosen to oversee preaching and worship within a specific region, now called a diocese. Today local congregations are shepherded by priests and deacons, but only bishops can ordain priests, perform the rite of confirmation, and consecrate other bishops. Their special duties are closely tied to the idea of apostolic succession. Some Protestant churches abandoned episcopacy during the Reformation, but it was retained by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Swedish Lutheran churches, among others.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 government of a Church by bishops. 2 (prec. by the) the bishops.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Episcopacy E*pis"co*pa*cy, n. [See Episcopate.] Government of the church by bishops; church government by three distinct orders of ministers -- bishops, priests, and deacons -- of whom the bishops have an authority superior and of a different kind.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Episcopalianism, prelacy.

Moby Thesaurus

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