episcopacy

[ ih-pis-kuh-puh-see ]
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noun,plural e·pis·co·pa·cies.
  1. government of the church by bishops; church government in which there are three distinct orders of ministers, namely bishops, priests or presbyters, and deacons.

Origin of episcopacy

1
First recorded in 1640–50; episcop(ate) + -acy

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episcopacy

/ (ɪˈpɪskəpəsɪ) /


nounplural -cies
  1. government of a Church by bishops

  2. another word for episcopate

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