episcopacy

noun

epis·​co·​pa·​cy i-ˈpi-skə-pə-sē How to pronounce episcopacy (audio)
plural episcopacies
1
: government of the church by bishops or by a hierarchy
2

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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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of episcopacy was in 1641

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“Episcopacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episcopacy. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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episcopacy

noun
epis·​co·​pa·​cy i-ˈpis-kə-pə-sē How to pronounce episcopacy (audio)
plural episcopacies
1
: government of a church by bishops
2

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