epis·​co·​pate | \ i-ˈpi-skə-pət How to pronounce episcopate (audio) , -ˌpāt \

Definition of episcopate

1 : the rank or office of or term of as a bishop
3 : the body of bishops (as in a country)

Examples of episcopate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The letter, dated Jan. 1, is Pope Francis’ most explicit acknowledgment yet of the tensions between him and the U.S. episcopate. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Warns U.S. Bishops Against Disunity Over Sex Abuse," 3 Jan. 2019 Healing will not begin until the episcopate reveals to the world what true repentance looks like, and makes that repentance visible through a change in behavior. C.c. Pecknold, WSJ, "The Catholic Bishops Who Failed Us All," 16 Aug. 2018 The delay shows that the Vatican simply doesn’t place the same value on speed and openness with the public that the U.S. episcopate does. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "The Catholic Bishops Who Couldn’t," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of episcopate

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Episcopate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episcopate. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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