- 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.
- Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor conferred only on a member of a cathedral chapter.
Origin of archdeacon
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We advise you to communicate with the nearest Rural Dean or Archdeacon.
"We've been, sir," said the Archdeacon, and then followed an explanation of the Bishop's powerlessness.
I think I've heard that sentiment before somewhere, Mr. Archdeacon.
"Pardon me, Mr. Archdeacon, we have nothing to do with that," said the Minister.
It included Archdeacon Wealthy, who served as its spokesman.
- an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
- a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches
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Word Origin and History for archdeacon
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