Episcopate meaning

ĭ-pĭskə-pĭt, -pāt
The position, rank, or term of office of a bishop.
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The definition of an episcopate is the position or term of office of a bishop, or a group of bishops.

An example of an episcopate is a Christian bishop.

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The position, term, or office of a bishop.
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The area of jurisdiction of a bishop; a diocese.
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Bishops considered as a group.
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A bishop's see.
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Bishops collectively.
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Bishops seen as a group.

The American Roman Catholic episcopate regularly meets together.

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The tenure in office of a bishop.

Bishop Smith's episcopate ran for more than 30 years.

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(rare) A bishop's jurisdiction, the extent of his diocese.
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Origin of episcopate

  • Late Latin episcopātus from episcopus bishop bishop

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