autocephalous

adjective
au·​to·​ceph·​a·​lous | \ˌȯ-tō-ˈse-f(ə-)ləs \

Definition of autocephalous 

: independent of external and especially patriarchal authority used especially of Eastern national churches

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Other Words from autocephalous

autocephaly \-​fə-​lē \ noun

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The move comes as Ukraine strives to create an autocephalous church, independent of Moscow, in an attempt to cut ties with Russia as much as possible. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Ukraine Threatens to Escalate Russia Standoff After Ship Detentions," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of autocephalous

circa 1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autocephalous

Late Greek autokephalos, from Greek aut- + kephalē head — more at cephalic

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