verb (used with object), bish·oped, bish·op·ing.
Origin of bishop
Related Words for bishopadministrator, pontiff, pope, cleric, patriarch, director, priest, prelate, angel, metropolitan, primate, cap, coadjutor, overseer, diocesan, suffragan, archer, mitre, miter, berretta
Examples from the Web for bishop
Contemporary Examples of bishop
His big break came in 1992 when an aging cardinal plucked him from his outback and persuaded the Vatican to make him a bishop.
One bishop paid with his life when his car was run off the road.
Jessen was named a Mormon bishop, but the appointment was met with vocal protests.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
“Very few district attorneys are willing to go after a bishop,” says Berry.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
The same spiritual sense prompted the bishop to seek justice for the slain activists.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
October 29, 2014
Historical Examples of bishop
Art surely no mere clerk, but bishop or cardinal at the least.
"I hurt my leg and cannot ride," quoth the bishop's champion.
At last the Bishop turned towards the assistants and sprinkled them in their turn.The Dream
"You are putting the bishop into the place of the knight," said Clarence.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
The inferior clergy were by no means so lenient as the Bishop.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Word Origin for bishop
Old English bisceop "bishop, high priest (Jewish or pagan)," from Late Latin episcopus, from Greek episkopos "watcher, overseer," a title for various government officials, later taken over in a Church sense, from epi- "over" (see epi-) + skopos "watcher," from skeptesthai "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Given a specific sense in the Church, but the word also was used in the New Testament as a descriptive title for elders, and continues as such in some non-hierarchical Christian sects.
A curious example of word-change, as effected by the genius of different tongues, is furnished by the English bishop and the French évêque. Both are from the same root, furnishing, perhaps the only example of two words from a common stem so modifying themselves in historical times as not to have a letter in common. (Of course many words from a far off Aryan stem are in the same condition.) The English strikes off the initial and terminal syllables, leaving only piscop, which the Saxon preference for the softer labial and hissing sounds modified into bishop. Évêque (formerly evesque) merely softens the p into v and drops the last syllable. [William S. Walsh, "Handy-Book of Literary Curiosities," Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, 1892]
Late Latin episcopus in Spanish became obispo. Cognate with Old Saxon biscop, Old High German biscof. The chess piece (formerly archer, before that alfin) was so called from 1560s.