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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.
  2. episcopate.
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Origin of episcopacy

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

noun plural -cies
  1. government of a Church by bishops
  2. another word for episcopate
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Word Origin and History for episcopacy

n.

1640s; see episcopal + -cy.

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