stauropegion

noun stau·ro·pe·gion \ˌstäurȯˈpēˌyȯn\

Definition of stauropegion

plural

stauropegia

\-ē(ˌ)yä)\

Eastern Church

  1. :  a church or monastery exempt from the jurisdiction of the local bishop and directly subject to the highest authority of the territorial church

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Origin and Etymology of stauropegion

Middle Greek or New Greek stauropēgion, from Middle Greek, act of fastening a cross on the spot where a church is to be built, from Late Greek stauro- + Modern Greek -pēgion (from pēgnynai to stick in, fix, fasten together) — more at pact


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