archdiocese

noun

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
: the diocese of an archbishop
archdiocesan
ˌärch-dī-ˈä-sə-sən How to pronounce archdiocese (audio)
 also  -ˈdī-ə-ˌsē-sᵊn
adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web TVN24′s investigation concluded that there was no doubt Wojtyla knew about abuse by priests in his archdiocese and sought to conceal it. Monica Scislowska, Chicago Tribune, 7 Mar. 2023 Pell, along with the Melbourne archdiocese, was also battling a civil case back in Australia, which lawyers said Wednesday would continue against Pell’s estate. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2023 Pell, along with the Melbourne archdiocese, was also battling a civil case back in Australia, which lawyers said Wednesday would continue against Pell's estate. Bloomberg.com, 10 Jan. 2023 O’Connell, who was born in 1953 in County Cork, Ireland, was named an auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese by Pope Francis in 2015. Rebecca Ellisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2023 Parishioners will all worship together in the new church in Hanover that can accommodate the growing congregation, according to a spokesman for the archdiocese. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Oct. 2022 But earlier this year, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco declared that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be barred from receiving communion in his archdiocese. James Martin, WSJ, 21 July 2022 As such, Biden received Communion in the pope’s archdiocese. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 30 Oct. 2021 For more than two years, the concrete shell for the building sat there, an embarrassment for the archdiocese, which represents 550 parishes around the country and over 1 million members, many of whom had donated to the rebuilding effort. Jane Margolies, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of archdiocese was in 1762

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“Archdiocese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/archdiocese. Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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archdiocese

noun
arch·​di·​o·​cese (ˈ)ärch-ˈdī-ə-səs How to pronounce archdiocese (audio)
-ˌsēz,
-ˌsēs
: the diocese of an archbishop

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