(now historical) To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm.
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Origin of Bishop
From Middle English bishop, from Old English biscop (“bishop”), from Vulgar Latin *biscopus, from Latin episcopus (“overseer, supervisor”), from Ancient Greek ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos, “overseer”), from ἐπί (epi, “over”) + σκοπέω (skopeō, “I examine”). Cognate with West Frisian biskop (“bishop”), Dutch bisschop (“bishop”), German Bischof (“bishop”), Swedish biskop (“bishop”), Norwegian biskop (“bishop”), Icelandic biskup (“bishop”), Gothic [script?] (aipiskaupus, “bishop”).
Middle English from Old English bisceope from Vulgar Latin ebiscopus from Late Latin episcopus from Late Greek episkopos from Greek overseer epi- epi- skopos watcher spek- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From the surname of the person who first practised it.
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