prelacy

[ prel-uh-see ]
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noun,plural prel·a·cies.
  1. the office or dignity of a prelate, or high-ranking member of the Christian clergy.

  2. the order of prelates.

  1. the body of prelates collectively.

  2. Sometimes Disparaging. the system of church government by prelates.

Origin of prelacy

1
1275–1325; Middle English prelacie<Anglo-French <Medieval Latin praelātia.See prelate, -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for prelacy

prelacy

/ (ˈprɛləsɪ) /


nounplural -cies
  1. Also called: prelature (ˈprɛlɪtʃə)

    • the office or status of a prelate

    • prelates collectively

  2. Also called: prelatism (ˈprɛləˌtɪzəm) often derogatory government of the Church by prelates

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