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n. Abbr. Suff. or Suffr.
1. A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions.
2. A bishop regarded in position as subordinate to an archbishop or a metropolitan.
Of, being, or relating to a suffragan.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin suffrāgāneus, voting, supporting, from Latin suffrāgium, support, right to vote, from suffrāgārī, to express support; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]
a. (of any bishop of a diocese) subordinate to and assisting his superior archbishop or metropolitan
b. (of any assistant bishop) having the duty of assisting the bishop of the diocese to which he is appointed but having no ordinary jurisdiction in that diocese
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a suffragan bishop
[C14: from Medieval Latin suffragāneus, from suffrāgium assistance, from Latin: suffrage]
suf•fra•gan(ˈsʌf rə gən)
1. assisting or auxiliary to, as applied to any bishop in relation to the archbishop or metropolitan who is his or her superior.
2. (of a see or diocese) subordinate to an archiepiscopal or metropolitan see.n.
3. a suffragan bishop.
[1350–1400; Middle English suffragane < Medieval Latin suffrāgāneus voting = Latin suffrāg(ium) suffrage]
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|Noun||1.||suffragan - an assistant or subordinate bishop of a diocese|
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