diocese

noun
di·​o·​cese | \ ˈdī-ə-səs How to pronounce diocese (audio) , -ˌsēs, -ˌsēz\
plural dioceses\ ˈdī-​ə-​sə-​səz How to pronounce dioceses (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce diocesan (audio) also  ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsē-​sᵊn \ adjective

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Among those named was Michael Nash, a Wrangell attorney and pilot who died in a plane crash July 11 near Ketchikan, said diocese spokesman Dominique Johnson. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "7 Alaska clergy members named in Catholic church review of sexual misconduct allegations," 23 Aug. 2019 There’s still a lot of anger about how the church treated victims, said Mary Acosta, who became the diocese’s victim assistance coordinator in June. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s Catholic Bishop, D.A. urge ‘zero tolerance’ for sex abuse of minors," 13 Aug. 2019 Nash, who was dismissed by the diocese in 2005, was the only occupant in the plane. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "7 Alaska clergy members named in Catholic church review of sexual misconduct allegations," 23 Aug. 2019 Her assignments over 53 years brought her to multiple parishes in towns across the three dioceses in CT. courant.com, "Mary Clarice Cunningham," 18 Aug. 2019 The diocese in 2002 began publishing names of priests who were accused from that year forward. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Catholic Diocese of Cleveland identifies 22 more clerics previously accused of sexual abuse," 21 June 2019 Joseph diocese in Missouri was the first and only American prelate convicted for his role in aiding a priest, when he was found guilty of failing to report child pornography on a cleric's laptop to authorities. NBC News, "Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations," 11 June 2019 Joseph diocese in Missouri was the first and only American prelate convicted for his role in aiding a priest, when he was found guilty of failing to report child pornography on a cleric's laptop to authorities. Juliet Linderman, Fox News, "Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations," 11 June 2019 There are also the sites where the Catholic Church hid pedophile priests in local parishes, until a tsunami of lawsuits from victims forced New Mexico’s largest diocese to file for bankruptcy last June. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein Chose New Mexico for a Reason," 15 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce diocese (audio) , -ˌsēz\

Kids Definition of diocese

: the area that is under the authority of a bishop

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