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

 

episcopacy

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɪˈpɪskəpəsi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈpɪskəpəsi//
 
[uncountable]
 
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government of a church by bishops Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin episcopatus ‘episcopate’, on the pattern of prelacy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: episcopacy