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

     

    episcopate

     noun
    noun
    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 Origin mid 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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