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

Definition of archdiocese 

: the diocese of an archbishop

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archdiocesan \ˌärch-dī-ˈä-sə-sən also-ˈdī-ə-ˌsē-sᵊn \ adjective

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He was immediately suspended from active ministry and law enforcement was notified, the archdiocese said. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "KCK priest is defrocked years after investigation into sexual abuse allegations," 20 June 2018 Buechlein, 79, died at 12:20 a.m. Thursday at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey, near his hometown of Jasper, the archdiocese said in a news release. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Former Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein dies at Saint Meinrad," 25 Jan. 2018 Though under the jurisdiction of the Vatican, Eastern Rite churches, who represent about 16 million parishioners, are largely autonomous and operate independent of Roman Catholic archdioceses. Kristin E. Holmes,, "The archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Philadelphia retires and goes home," 10 June 2018 The question was whether the sisters, who hadn't lived in the property since 2011, had the right to sell the property or if the archdiocese, who made a deal with Perry, had ultimate control, Newsweek said. Chelsea Brasted,, "iHeartRadio Music Awards: See red carpet fashion," 11 Mar. 2018 The school’s enrollment had dropped over a 10-year period from 295 students to 98, which led to the archdiocese’s decision. Andrew J. Campa,, "Bellarmine-Jefferson gives way to STEM school," 22 June 2018 Cupich said in a news release from the archdiocese. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Pope Francis taps 3 new auxiliary bishops for Chicago Catholic archdiocese," 3 July 2018 It was purchased in the aftermath of the archdiocese’s aid efforts during Hurricane Harvey. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Catholic Charities requesting supplies for families at border," 10 July 2018 In the Catholic archdiocese of New York, which includes Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, the student body is almost half black and Latino. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Progressive Education Today," 6 June 2018

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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

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