Autocephalous meaning

ôtə-sĕfə-ləs
Having a head bishop who is not responsible to any higher-ranking ecclesiastical authority. Used of churches in the Eastern Orthodox communion.
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Self-governing; independent.
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(Christianity, of a church or bishop) Self-governing or autonomous: independent of other episcopal jurisdiction.
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Origin of autocephalous

  • From Byzantine Greek autokephalos auto-, auto- kephalos head ghebh-el- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek αὐτοκέφαλος (autoképhalos), from αὐτο- (auto-, “auto-”) + κεφαλή (kephalē, “head”).

    From Wiktionary