- the office and dignity of a bishop; bishopric.
- the order or body of bishops.
- the incumbency of a bishop.
- the diocese of a bishop.
Origin of episcopate
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Examples from the Web for episcopate
Well, I 'd not object to the Episcopate if there was some good shooting in the diocese.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
To restore the episcopate was from this moment his steady policy.History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)
John Richard Green
Happily the French episcopate are worthy and equal to the emergency.The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906
Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
This is why the Ebionites, who had no Episcopate, had also no idea of Catholicity.
The creation of the episcopate, on the contrary, was the work of the second century.
- the office, status, or term of office of a bishop
- bishops collectively
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