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archdeacon

[ahrch-dee-kuh n] /ˈɑrtʃˈdi kən/
noun
1.
an ecclesiastic, ranking next below a bishop and having charge of the temporal and external administration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop.
2.
Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor conferred only on a member of a cathedral chapter.
Origin of archdeacon
1000
before 1000; Middle English archideken, Old English arcediacon < Late Latin archidiāconus < Greek archidiā́konos. See arch-1, deacon
Related forms
archdeaconate, archdeaconship, noun
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  • We advise you to communicate with the nearest Rural Dean or archdeacon.

  • It included archdeacon Wealthy, who served as its spokesman.

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  • "Pardon me, Mr. archdeacon, we have nothing to do with that," said the Minister.

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  • "We've been, sir," said the archdeacon, and then followed an explanation of the Bishop's powerlessness.

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  • I think I've heard that sentiment before somewhere, Mr. archdeacon.

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  • The archdeacon was there with his head up, talking loudly to Lady Robert.

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  • As soon as the company were seated the archdeacon rose and coughed loudly.

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  • "I thought of doing so myself," said the archdeacon with a meek smile.

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  • It seems the archdeacon expected it for Golightly, his son-in-law.

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British Dictionary definitions for archdeacon

archdeacon

/ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən/
noun
1.
an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
2.
a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches
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Word Origin and History for archdeacon
n.

Old English arcediacon, from Church Latin archidiaconus, from Ecclesiastical Greek arkhidiakonon "chief deacon;" see arch- + deacon.

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