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 archdioceses (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 archdiocesan (audio) also  -​ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsē-​sᵊn \ adjective

Examples of archdiocese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until then, Courville said, St. Helen will continue to hold as many services as needed to both comply with the archdiocese and the state while also functioning as a faith community. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Churches find ways to worship during pandemic," 24 Sep. 2020 The archdiocese’s lawyers counter that federal law does not require the church to be insolvent before seeking Chapter 11 protections. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "People claiming to be victims of New Orleans clergy sex abuse must come forward by March 1: judge," 17 Sep. 2020 Spokeswoman Cecelia Price said in an email Friday that none of the archdiocese’s 48 schools has been closed because of the latest numbers. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Catholic guilt, pandemic rage room, dairy farm upside: News from around our 50 states," 15 Sep. 2020 The archdiocese didn’t say exactly when Wattigny resigned from Pope John Paul II. Ramon Antonio Vargas,, "Before Pat Wattigny allegedly admitted to sex abuse, texts with student led to resignation from Slidell school," 2 Oct. 2020 City officials sent the archdiocese a cease-and-desist order in July. Nora Mishanec,, "Places of worship reopen, but few flock to the pews," 30 Sep. 2020 But the wave of new students means the archdiocese can keep open about two dozen schools that were otherwise on a watch list for potential closure. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "America's missing kids: Amid COVID and online school, thousands of students haven't shown up," 28 Sep. 2020 Kelly Branaman, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese, has said school plans were based on parent interests, enrollment and space available for social distancing. Washington Post, "Teacher at Catholic school in Maryland tests positive for the coronavirus, leading to quarantine," 27 Sep. 2020 Hill's brief criticized Heimann for his ruling, saying the judge allowed his personal opinions on the archdiocese to influence his decision. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "DOJ, Curtis Hill file support for Archdiocese of Indianapolis in same-sex marriage lawsuit," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of archdiocese

1762, in the meaning defined above

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“Archdiocese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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