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[prez-bit-er-it, -uh-reyt, pres-]
  1. the office of a presbyter or elder.
  2. a body of presbyters or elders.
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Origin of presbyterate

From the Medieval Latin word presbyterātus, dating back to 1635–45. See presbyter, -ate3
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Historical Examples of presbyterate

  • The Presbyterate could have no worse ideal, and could follow no more pernicious example, than that of the Jewish priesthood.

    The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings

    F. W. Farrar

  • But the candidature of this person, who had been deposed from the presbyterate under Leo IV., was indefensible.

British Dictionary definitions for presbyterate


  1. the status or office of a presbyter
  2. a group of presbyters
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