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

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The Muscovites then made an offer that would apparently preserve the self-governance of the archdiocese, albeit under Patriarch Kyrill’s ultimate authority. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 Even the president of the bishop’s conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Galveston-Houston archdiocese, has been entangled in controversies. David Crary,, "Sex abuse crisis the focus as US Catholic bishops convene," 9 June 2019 Archbishop Bernard Hebda said in a statement posted on the archdiocese’s website that the investigation targets Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Crookston diocese. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "Minnesota archbishop opens investigation into fellow bishop," 11 Sep. 2019 The Paris archdiocese refused the order from Istanbul to dissolve itself, saying it was established in French law and would consider suggestions to ensure its continuation. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 After his suspension became public, the archdiocese disclosed Drew also had been the subject of complaints at St. Maximilian in 2013 and 2015. Dan Horn,, "Priest's accuser urges others to speak out: 'You are not alone'," 5 Sep. 2019 In 2018, the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese agreed to pay an average of nearly $500,000 each to clergy abuse survivors. CBS News, "Catholic group settled sex abuse cases with 2 black men for far less than what other survivors have received," 27 Aug. 2019 In Starkey’s case, the archdiocese appears to be drawing on what is called the ministerial exception to Title VII under the First Amendment, which guarantees free exercise of religion. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "Can a religious school fire a gay teacher? It's complicated.," 26 Aug. 2019 More recent settlements have ranged even higher, including an average payment of nearly $500,000 each for abuse survivors in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese. NBC News, "Catholic church settles sex abuse case with Southern black man," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of archdiocese

1762, in the meaning defined above

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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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