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 (dī-ăk′ə-nĭt, -nāt′)
1. The rank, office, or tenure of a deacon.
2. Deacons considered as a group.

[Late Latin diāconātus, from diāconus, deacon; see deacon.]


(daɪˈækənɪt; -ˌneɪt)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the office, sacramental status, or period of office of a deacon
[C17: from Late Latin diāconātus; see deacon]


(daɪˈæk ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt)

1. the office, rank, or term of a deacon.
2. a body of deacons.
[1720–30; < Late Latin diāconātus.]


the rank or office of a deacon.
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The study is supported by the National Association of Diaconate Directors and DePaul University
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