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[ih-pis-kuh-puh-liz-uh m]
  1. the theory of church polity according to which the supreme ecclesiastical authority is vested in the episcopal order as a whole, and not in any individual except by delegation.
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Origin of episcopalism

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Examples from the Web for episcopalism

Historical Examples

  • Episcopalism sought revenge on its opponent, and it triumphed.

    Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers

    Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts

British Dictionary definitions for episcopalism


  1. the belief that a Church should be governed by bishops
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