diocese

noun
di·​o·​cese | \ˈdī-ə-səs, -ˌsēs, -ˌsēz\
plural dioceses\ ˈdī-​ə-​sə-​səz , -​ˌsē-​zəz, nonstandard  ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsēz \

Definition of diocese 

: the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

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Other Words from diocese

diocesan \ dī-​ˈä-​sə-​sən also  ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsē-​sᵊn \ adjective

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That's a much shorter tenure than his six years running schools for the Toledo diocese and the 13 years his predecessor ran schools here. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Water line break closes classes at Cuyahoga Community College," 21 Mar. 2018 By accepting Barros’s resignation, Francis essentially gave Scicluna and Bertomeu a hand in helping to heal the divisions in a diocese where Barros never was fully accepted as bishop. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "Pope begins purge in Chilean church over sex abuse scandal," 11 June 2018 Many feel they should be consulted on the appointment of their spiritual leader — an issue that could come up in other Chinese dioceses where the future of as many as 30 underground bishops is uncertain. Ian Johnson, New York Times, "10 Million Catholics in China Face Storm They Can’t Control," 14 Feb. 2018 The diocese said its Diocesan Review Board examined the investigator's report and agreed with the assessment. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Could former KC priest, 86, still face charges? Yes, but 'there is an issue of time'," 3 July 2018 Hart denied the allegations but asked the diocese to address them according to local policies. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Could former KC priest, 86, still face charges? Yes, but 'there is an issue of time'," 3 July 2018 The grand jury investigated six of the state's eight dioceses, which collectively minister to more than 1.7 million Catholics. Claudia Lauer, Fox News, "Report on Pennsylvania priest abuse to be most extensive yet," 10 June 2018 The Ballarat Diocese, one of the largest Catholic dioceses in Australia, is a major power center. Jacqueline Williams, New York Times, "Cardinal George Pell’s Hometown Breaks Its Silence About Grim Past of Sexual Abuse," 29 Apr. 2018 Knight, 58, who joined the diocese in May 2016, will leave at the end of this month. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Water line break closes classes at Cuyahoga Community College," 21 Mar. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diocese

: the area that is controlled by a bishop in a Christian church

diocese

noun
di·​o·​cese | \ˈdī-ə-səs, -ˌsēz\

Kids Definition of diocese

: the area that is under the authority of a bishop

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