[ih-pis-kuh-pit, -peyt]
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  1. the office and dignity of a bishop; bishopric.
  2. the order or body of bishops.
  3. the incumbency of a bishop.
  4. the diocese of a bishop.

Origin of episcopate

First recorded in 1635–45, episcopate is from the Late Latin word episcopātus the office of a bishop. See bishop, -ate3
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  1. the office, status, or term of office of a bishop
  2. bishops collectively
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