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suffragan

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noun suf·fra·gan \ˈsə-fri-gən, -jən\

Definition of suffragan

  1. 1 :  a diocesan bishop (as in the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England) subordinate to a metropolitan

  2. 2 :  an Anglican or Episcopal bishop assisting a diocesan bishop and not having the right of succession

Origin and Etymology of suffragan

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin suffraganeus, from suffragium support, prayer


First Known Use: 14th century


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suffragan

adjective suf·fra·gan

Definition of suffragan

  1. 1 :  of or being a suffragan

  2. 2 :  subordinate to a metropolitan or archiepiscopal see

15th Century

First Known Use of suffragan

15th century


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