bish·​op·​ric | \ ˈbi-shə-(ˌ)prik How to pronounce bishopric (audio) \

Definition of bishopric

1 : diocese
2 : the office of bishop
3 : the administrative body of a Mormon ward consisting of a bishop and two high priests as counselors

Examples of bishopric in a Sentence

He was elected to the bishopric at the turn of the century.

Recent Examples on the Web

In Cannadine’s lucid account there is the occasional slip (the 1833 Irish Church Temporalities Act suppressed 10 bishoprics, not 18). Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New York Times, "A History of the British Empire at Its Peak," 30 Mar. 2018 In 2015, Pope Francis appointed Juan Barros Madrid to the bishopric of Osorno, Chile. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "It’s Now the Pope’s Scandal," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bishopric

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bishopric

Middle English bisshopriche, from Old English bisceoprīce, from bisceop + rīce kingdom — more at rich

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English Language Learners Definition of bishopric

: the area a bishop is in charge of
: the position of bishop

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