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

autocephaly

play \-fə-lē\ noun

Origin and Etymology of autocephalous

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


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