di·​o·​cese | \ ˈdī-ə-səs How to pronounce diocese (audio) , -ˌsēs, -ˌsēz \
plural dioceses\ ˈdī-​ə-​sə-​səz How to pronounce diocese (audio) , -​ˌsē-​zəz , nonstandard  ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsēz \

Definition of diocese

: the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

Other Words from diocese

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

Examples of diocese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelley Hudlow, missioner for clergy formation for the diocese, told NBC affiliate WVTM of Birmingham soon after the shooting that church leaders were trying to learn more. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 17 June 2022 Father Augustine Ikwu, communications director for the diocese of Ondo, denied reports that the attackers had kidnapped a priest and members of the congregation, and said Nigerian security forces have been deployed to Owo. Lesley Wroughton, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 The Post approached other priests in the diocese about the case. Alain Uaykani, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 The diocese began exploring reparations ideas in 2016, decided to fund the cause in 2019, and followed through in September 2020 by creating a seed fund of $1 million for projects aimed at strengthening African American communities. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 The city had organized an international architecture and landscaping competition for the redesign, with officials from the city, the Paris diocese and the task force in charge of Notre-Dame’s reconstruction acting as juries. New York Times, 27 June 2022 Florida's mother diocese and home to the nation's oldest Catholic parish. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2022 Cordileone’s order to deny Pelosi applies only to churches in his diocese, where Pelosi resides. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 Cordileone’s order to deny Pelosi applies only to churches in his diocese, where Pelosi resides. Stefano Pitrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of diocese

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diocese

Middle English diocise, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin diocesis, alteration of dioecesis, from Latin, administrative division, from Greek dioikēsis administration, administrative division, from dioikein to keep house, govern, from dia- + oikein to dwell, manage, from oikos house — more at vicinity

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“Diocese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diocese. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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di·​o·​cese | \ ˈdī-ə-səs How to pronounce diocese (audio) , -ˌsēz \

Kids Definition of diocese

: the area that is under the authority of a bishop

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