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episcopal

[ih-pis-kuh-puh l] /ɪˈpɪs kə pəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a bishop:
episcopal authority.
2.
based on or recognizing a governing order of bishops:
an episcopal hierarchy.
3.
(initial capital letter) designating the Anglican Church or some branch of it, as the Episcopal Church in America.
noun
4.
(initial capital letter) Informal. an Episcopalian.
Origin of episcopal
late Middle English
1425-1475
First recorded in 1425-75; late Middle English word from Late Latin word episcopālis. See bishop, -al1
Related forms
episcopally, adverb
nonepiscopal, adjective
nonepiscopally, adverb
pseudoepiscopal, adjective
quasi-episcopal, adjective
quasi-episcopally, adverb
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Examples from the Web for episcopal
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  • "And of course we must go to the episcopal church there," said Psyche.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "That's episcopal," Pee-wee said with withering superiority!

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Now, as heretofore, we have episcopal reminders of the blessings of war.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • But is not this understating the case on the episcopal side?

  • So Alden bent his steps to the house of the episcopal minister at Charlottesville.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for episcopal

episcopal

/ɪˈpɪskəpəl/
adjective
1.
of, denoting, governed by, or relating to a bishop or bishops
Derived Forms
episcopally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Church Latin episcopālis, from episcopusbishop

Episcopal

/ɪˈpɪskəpəl/
adjective
1.
belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church
Derived Forms
Episcopally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for episcopal
adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French épiscopal (14c.), from Late Latin episcopalis, from Latin episcopus "an overseer" (see bishop). Reference to a church governed by bishops is 1752. With a capital E-, the ordinary designation of the Anglican church in the U.S. and Scotland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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