episcopacy

[ ih-pis-kuh-puh-see ]
/ ɪˈpɪs kə pə si /

noun, plural e·pis·co·pa·cies.

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

First recorded in 1640–50; episcop(ate) + -acy
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British Dictionary definitions for episcopacy

episcopacy

/ (ɪˈpɪskəpəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

government of a Church by bishops
another word for episcopate
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