[ aw-tuh-sef-uh-luhs ]
/ ˌɔ təˈsɛf ə ləs /
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adjective Eastern Church.
(of a church) having its own head or chief bishop, though in communion with other Orthodox churches.
(of a bishop) subordinate to no superior authority; self-governing.
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Words nearby autocephalous
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Example sentences from the Web for autocephalous
The Church of Cyprus has been autocephalous since at any rate the oecumenical synod of Ephesus in 431.
The Cretan Church is not, strictly speaking, autocephalous, being dependent on the patriarchate of Constantinople.
British Dictionary definitions for autocephalous
/ (ˌɔːtəʊˈsɛfələs) /
(of an Eastern Christian Church) governed by its own national synods and appointing its own patriarchs or prelates
(of a bishop) independent of any higher governing body
Derived forms of autocephalousautocephalic (ˌɔːtəʊsɪˈfælɪk), adjectiveautocephaly, noun
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