Diocese Definition

dīə-sĭs, -sēs, -sēz
dioceses
noun
dioceses
The district under a bishop's jurisdiction.
Webster's New World

Administrative division of the later Roman Empire, starting with the tetrarchy.

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Other Word Forms of Diocese

Noun

Singular:
diocese
Plural:
dioceses, dioeceses

Origin of Diocese

  • Middle English diocise from Old French from Late Latin diocēsis from Latin dioecēsis jurisdiction from Greek dioikēsis administration from dioikein to keep house, administer dia- intensive pref. dia– oikein to inhabit (from oikos house weik-1 in Indo-European roots)

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

  • From Old French diocese, from Latin dioecēsis (“district under a governor”), from Ancient Greek διοίκησις (dioikēsis, “internal administration”)

    From Wiktionary

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