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autocephalous

[aw-tuh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌɔ təˈsɛf ə ləs/
adjective, Eastern Church.
1.
(of a church) having its own head or chief bishop, though in communion with other Orthodox churches.
2.
(of a bishop) subordinate to no superior authority; self-governing.
Origin of autocephalous
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65, autocephalous is from the Late Greek word autoképhalos having its own head. See auto-1, -cephalous
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autocephalous

/ˌɔːtəʊˈsɛfələs/
adjective
1.
(of an Eastern Christian Church) governed by its own national synods and appointing its own patriarchs or prelates
2.
(of a bishop) independent of any higher governing body
Derived Forms
autocephalic (ˌɔːtəʊsɪˈfælɪk) adjective
autocephaly, noun
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