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[ih-pis-kuh-puh l]
  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.
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  1. (initial capital letter) Informal. an Episcopalian.
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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
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Historical Examples of non-episcopal

  • 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


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

Word Origin for episcopal

C15: from Church Latin episcopālis, from episcopus bishop


  1. belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church
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Derived FormsEpiscopally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-episcopal



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.

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