Suffragan meaning

sŭfrə-gən, -jən
A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions.
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A bishop regarded in position as subordinate to an archbishop or a metropolitan.
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Of, being, or relating to a suffragan.
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A bishop appointed to assist the bishop of a diocese.
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Any bishop in his capacity as a subordinate to his archbishop.
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Designating or of such a bishop.
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Subordinate to a larger see.
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A bishop seen in relation to his archbishop or metropolitan province (which may summon him for support, to attend synods etc.).
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An auxiliary bishop.
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Of or pertaining to a suffragan.
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Origin of suffragan

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin suffrāgāneus voting, supporting from Latin suffrāgium support, right to vote from suffrāgārī to express support bhreg- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Anglo-Norman, Old French suffragam, from (the stem of) Latin suffrāgium (“suffrage").

    From Wiktionary