Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

episcopal

[ih-pis-kuh-puh l]
See more synonyms for episcopal on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. of or relating to a bishop: episcopal authority.
  2. based on or recognizing a governing order of bishops: an episcopal hierarchy.
  3. (initial capital letter) designating the Anglican Church or some branch of it, as the Episcopal Church in America.
Show More
noun
  1. (initial capital letter) Informal. an Episcopalian.
Show More

Origin of episcopal

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Late Latin word episcopālis. See bishop, -al1
Related formse·pis·co·pal·ly, adverbnon·e·pis·co·pal, adjectivenon·e·pis·co·pal·ly, adverbpseu·do·e·pis·co·pal, adjectivequa·si-e·pis·co·pal, adjectivequa·si-e·pis·co·pal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for non-episcopal

Historical Examples

  • Presbyterians have united in this matter with the other non-episcopal sects.

    Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan

    Frances Halton Eva Hasell

  • The third annual session of its conference was held in 1864, and a movement made toward union with other non-episcopal bodies.

  • The subject of union with other non-episcopal bodies was favorably considered.

  • It has touched even puritanical and non-episcopal bodies, and it is sometimes combined with extremely latitudinarian opinions.

    The Map of Life

    William Edward Hartpole Lecky


British Dictionary definitions for non-episcopal

episcopal

adjective
  1. of, denoting, governed by, or relating to a bishop or bishops
Show More
Derived Formsepiscopally, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Church Latin episcopālis, from episcopus bishop

Episcopal

adjective
  1. belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church
Show More
Derived FormsEpiscopally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for non-episcopal

episcopal

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French épiscopal (14c.), from Late Latin episcopalis, from Latin episcopus "an overseer" (see bishop). Reference to a church governed by bishops is 1752. With a capital E-, the ordinary designation of the Anglican church in the U.S. and Scotland.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper