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autocephalous

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adjective au·to·ceph·a·lous \ˌȯ-tō-ˈse-f(ə-)ləs\

Definition of autocephalous

  1. :  independent of external and especially patriarchal authority —used especially of Eastern national churches

autocephalyplay \-fə-lē\ noun


Origin of autocephalous

Late Greek autokephalos, from Greek aut- + kephalē head — more at cephalic


First Known Use: 1845


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