the office and dignity of a bishop; bishopric.
the order or body of bishops.
the incumbency of a bishop.
the diocese of a bishop.
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How to use episcopate in a sentence
After a years episcopate he was first banished and then beheaded under Gallus, a worthy successor in persecution of Decius.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
One condition, however, they laid down as absolutely indispensable—the restoration of a legitimate episcopate.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
One result of an hereditary episcopate is that the bishop is often absurdly young in years.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
His epitaph says that during his episcopate he kept "nobyl Houshold wyth grete Hospitality."Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle | C. King Eley
The government however was far from quailing before the division of the episcopate.History of the English People | John Richard Green
British Dictionary definitions for episcopate
the office, status, or term of office of a bishop
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