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eparch

[ep-ahrk]
noun
  1. the prefect or governor of an eparchy.
  2. Eastern Church. a bishop or metropolitan of an eparchy.
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Origin of eparch

First recorded in 1650–60, eparch is from the Greek word éparchos commander, governor, prefect. See ep-, -arch
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Historical Examples

  • Eparch” and “eparchy” are also used in the Russian Orthodox Church for a bishop and his diocese respectively.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6

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British Dictionary definitions for eparch

eparch

noun
  1. a bishop or metropolitan in charge of an eparchy (sense 1)
  2. a government official in charge of an eparchy (senses 2 or 3)
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek eparkhos, from epi- over, on + -arch
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