arch·​di·​o·​cese | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈdī-ə-səs How to pronounce archdiocese (audio) , -ˌsēs, -ˌsēz \
plural archdioceses\ (ˌ)ärch-​ˈdī-​ə-​sə-​səz How to pronounce archdiocese (audio) , -​ˌsē-​zəz , -​ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsēz \

Definition of archdiocese

: the diocese of an archbishop

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Other Words from archdiocese

archdiocesan \ ˌärch-​dī-​ˈä-​sə-​sən How to pronounce archdiocese (audio) also  -​ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsē-​sᵊn \ adjective

Examples of archdiocese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Binzer is not accused of misconduct with children, but his role as auxiliary bishop put him in charge of priest personnel decisions, including handling allegations of misconduct and enforcement of the archdiocese's Decree on Child Protection. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, "'It just doesn't make sense': Ex-bishop who failed to report misconduct to lead 2 parishes," 15 Apr. 2021 The archdiocese emphasized the role of a medical providers and an individual's conscience. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine morally wrong? Catholic bishops caution just that," 3 Mar. 2021 The Chicago archdiocese includes Cook and Lake counties. Jessica Villagomez,, "Jim Rigg, school superintendent for the Archdiocese of Chicago, announces resignation," 3 Mar. 2021 The archdiocese and the plaintiff, represented by attorney Roger Stetter, soon agreed to settle the case out of court for $550,000 — a large sum for a decades-old abuse claim. David A. Hammer,, "Monster in our midst: Despite predatory past, deacon welcomed back to Catholic institutions," 17 Dec. 2020 The Globe uncovered nearly 100 priest predators in the Boston archdiocese, about 10 percent of its clergy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Documentary describes psychiatrist’s battle against church secrecy," 18 Apr. 2021 Peter and Paul Church are infected with the coronavirus, and the Roman Catholic church is closed through Saturday, Jan Potts, a spokesperson for the S.F. archdiocese, said. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area and beyond: Feb. 4-10, 2021," 18 Feb. 2021 Since then, additional safeguards have been added in which the program’s coordinator is automatically alerted about any concerns on paperwork, the archdiocese said. David A. Hammer,, "Monster in our midst: Despite predatory past, deacon welcomed back to Catholic institutions," 17 Dec. 2020 The brothers' complaint led to archdiocese and police investigations. Fox News, "Chicago church rallies around priest after sexual abuse allegations," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of archdiocese

1762, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Archdiocese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of archdiocese

: the area an archbishop is in charge of : the diocese of an archbishop

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