Definition of episcopate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈpɪskəpət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈpɪskəpət//
    [usually singular] (religion)
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  1. 1the episcopate the bishops of a particular church or area
  2. 2the job of bishop or the period of time during which somebody is bishop
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin episcopatus ‘made a bishop’, from episcopus ‘bishop’, from Greek episkopos ‘overseer’, from epi ‘above’ + -skopos ‘-looking’.
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