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diaconate

[ dahy-ak-uh-nit, -neyt ]
/ daɪˈæk ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /
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noun

the office or dignity of a deacon.
a body of deacons.

RELATED WORDS

priesthood, ministry, pastorate, cardinalate, rabbinate, conclave, prelacy, canonicate, canonry, deaconry

Nearby words

diachylon, diacid, diacidic, diaclasis, diaconal, diaconate, diaconicon, diacritic, diacritical, diactinic, diad

Origin of diaconate

From the Late Latin word diāconātus, dating back to 1720–30. See deacon, -ate3
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diaconate

/ (daɪˈækənɪt, -ˌneɪt) /

noun

the office, sacramental status, or period of office of a deacon

Word Origin for diaconate

C17: from Late Latin diāconātus; see deacon
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