episcopacy

noun
epis·​co·​pa·​cy | \ i-ˈpi-skə-pə-sē How to pronounce episcopacy (audio) \
plural episcopacies

Definition of episcopacy

1 : government of the church by bishops or by a hierarchy

Examples of episcopacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During this 35-year period, John Paul and Benedict remade the episcopacy in their image. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 July 2021 Asked by reporters about tensions between the White House and the U.S. episcopacy, Blinken avoided a direct answer. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of episcopacy

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Episcopacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episcopacy. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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