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n. pl. e·pis·co·pa·cies
2. A system of church government in which bishops are the chief clerics.

[From episcopate.]


n, pl -cies
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) government of a Church by bishops
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) another word for episcopate


(ɪˈpɪs kə pə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. government of the church by bishops.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.episcopacy - the collective body of bishops
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"


[ɪˈpɪskəpəsɪ] Nepiscopado m


n (Eccl) → Episkopat nt; the episcopacydas Episkopat, die Gesamtheit der Bischöfe
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Saloons and dance halls depleted congregations, and the myth that the Methodist's unified episcopal polity produced growth did not hold up, as the fragmented Baptists became the Christian majority (p.

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