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diocesan

[dahy-os-uh-suh n]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a diocese.
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noun
  1. one of the clergy or people of a diocese.
  2. the bishop in charge of a diocese.
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Origin of diocesan

1400–50; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin dioecēsānus. See diocese, -an
Related formsnon·di·oc·e·san, adjective
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Related Words for diocesan

bishop, pastor, administrator, pontiff, pope, cleric, patriarch, director, priest, prelate, vicar, confessor, curate, preacher, abbot, rector, dean, divine, ecclesiastic, chaplain

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British Dictionary definitions for diocesan

diocesan

adjective
  1. of or relating to a diocese
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noun
  1. the bishop of a diocese
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Word Origin and History for diocesan

adj.

mid-15c., from French diocésain (15c.), from diocese (see diocese).

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