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n. Eastern Orthodox Church
A bishop or metropolitan.

[Medieval Greek eparkhos, from Greek, governor, ruler, from eparkhein, to rule over : ep-, epi-, epi- + arkhein, to rule.]


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a bishop or metropolitan in charge of an eparchy (sense 1)
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a government official in charge of an eparchy (senses 2 or 3)
[C17: from Greek eparkhos, from epi- over, on + -arch]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eparch - a bishop or metropolitan in charge of an eparchy in the Eastern Church
bishop - a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
2.eparch - the governor or prefect of an eparchy in ancient Greece
governor - the head of a state government
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