arch·​bish·​op | \(ˌ)ärch-ˈbi-shəp \

Definition of archbishop 

: a bishop at the head of an ecclesiastical province or one of equivalent honorary rank

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The 67-year-old cleric stood down from his position as archbishop days after he was convicted. Rod Mcguirk,, "Archbishop refuses to resign as he appeals conviction for protecting pedophile," 4 July 2018 The 67-year-old cleric stood down from his position as archbishop days after he was convicted. Rod Mcguirk,, "Australia bishop appeals conviction for protecting pedophile," 4 July 2018 Survivors of abuse who protested against the church outside the court on Tuesday called on Wilson to resign as archbishop. Rod Mcguirk, USA TODAY, "Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for child sex abuse cover-up," 2 July 2018 Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, has appointed the Rev. Anthony Lickteig as the new pastor. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, Laurel Leader, "Camp offers "faith-deepening" adventures [Old Town]," 21 June 2018 McCarrick, known to be fluent in seven languages, was archbishop of Newark from 1986 until 2000 and was elevated to cardinal in 2001. Washington Post, "Cardinal Theodore McCarrick punished over abuse finding," 20 June 2018 In the spirit of compromise, the College of Cardinals elected a Neapolitan archbishop, who took the name Urban VI. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Cardinal McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington, was ordered to cease public ministry after a church investigation deemed credible an accusation that he had abused a then-minor nearly half a century ago. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Ex-Diplomat Convicted of Child Pornography Charges," 23 June 2018 Since his 2006 retirement as archbishop, McCarrick, now 87, has nevertheless maintained an active profile as a Catholic voice in global policy debate. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "America’s highest-ranking Catholic official suspended for alleged child sex abuse," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of archbishop

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for archbishop

Middle English, from Old English arcebiscop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Late Greek archiepiskopos, from archi- + episkopos bishop — more at bishop

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English Language Learners Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a particular area


arch·​bish·​op | \ˈärch-ˈbi-shəp \

Kids Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a group of dioceses

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