archdeacon


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arch·dea·con

 (ärch-dē′kən)
n.
A church official, as in the Anglican Church, who is in charge of temporal and other affairs in a diocese, with powers delegated from the bishop.

[Middle English archedeken, from Old English arcediakon, from Late Latin archidiāconus, from Late Greek arkhidiākonos : Greek arkhi-, archi- + Greek diākonos, deacon.]

arch·dea′con·ate (-kə-nĭt) n.
arch·dea′con·ship′ n.

archdeacon

(ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən)
n
1. (Anglicanism) an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches

arch•dea•con

(ˈɑrtʃˈdi kən)

n.
an ecclesiastic who ranks next below a bishop and has administrative responsibility for a diocese.
[before 1000]
arch`dea′con•ate, arch`dea′con•ry, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.archdeacon - (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishoparchdeacon - (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop
Anglican Church, Anglican Communion, Church of England - the national church of England (and all other churches in other countries that share its beliefs); has its see in Canterbury and the sovereign as its temporal head
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
Translations

archdeacon

[ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən] Narcediano m

archdeacon

[ˌɑːrtʃˈdiːkən] narchidiacre m

archdeacon

[ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən] narcidiacono
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I shall return to Brocklehurst Hall in the course of a week or two: my good friend, the Archdeacon, will not permit me to leave him sooner.
Vanstone's, who married Archdeacon Bartram, and who died, as I told you, some years since.
I behave to that girl, sir, like an archdeacon,' replied Van Tromp warmly.
The priest whitewashes them, the archdeacon scrapes them down; then the populace arrives and demolishes them.
It was united by long tradition to the Cathedral: its headmaster was an honorary Canon, and a past headmaster was the Archdeacon.
He suspected the Archdeacon of not having read them; he was in painful doubt as to what was really thought of them by the leading minds of Brasenose, and bitterly convinced that his old acquaintance Carp had been the writer of that depreciatory recension which was kept locked in a small drawer of Mr.
Geoffrey then says that he hands over the matter of writing about the later Welsh and Saxon kings to others, "Whom I bid be silent as to the kings of the Britons, seeing that they have not that book in the British speech which Walter, Archdeacon of Oxford, did convey hither out of Brittany, the which I have in this wise been at the pains of translating into the Latin speech.
And to Lady Southdown's dismay too he became more orthodox in his tendencies every day; gave up preaching in public and attending meeting-houses; went stoutly to church; called on the Bishop and all the Clergy at Winchester; and made no objection when the Venerable Archdeacon Trumper asked for a game of whist.
In the cathedral Levin, lifting his hand like the rest and repeating the words of the archdeacon, swore with most terrible oaths to do all the governor had hoped they would do.
His life was prefixed to all the early editions of these fables, and was republished as late as 1727 by Archdeacon Croxall as the introduction to his edition of Aesop.
Testimonials representing Mrs General as a prodigy of piety, learning, virtue, and gentility, were lavishly contributed from influential quarters; and one venerable archdeacon even shed tears in recording his testimony to her perfections
Whilst D'Artagnan and Porthos were looking on with critical glances, which disguised an extreme impatience to get forward, a magnificent dais approached preceded by a hundred Jesuits and a hundred Dominicans, and escorted by two archdeacons, a treasurer, a penitent and twelve canons.