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 (ĭ-pĭs′kə-pĭt, -pāt′)
1. The position, term, or office of a bishop.
2. The area of jurisdiction of a bishop; a diocese.
3. Bishops considered as a group. Also called episcopacy.

[Late Latin episcopātus, from episcopus, bishop; see bishop.]


(ɪˈpɪskəpɪt; -ˌpeɪt)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the office, status, or term of office of a bishop
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) bishops collectively


(ɪˈpɪs kə pɪt, -ˌpeɪt)

1. the office, rank, or term of a bishop.
2. the order or body of bishops.
3. the diocese of a bishop.
[1635–45; < Late Latin episcopātus. See bishop, -ate3]


 bishops collectively, 1842.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.episcopate - the term of office of a bishop
incumbency, tenure, term of office - the term during which some position is held
2.episcopate - the territorial jurisdiction of a bishopepiscopate - the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
archdiocese - the diocese of an archbishop
exarchate, eparchy - a diocese of the Eastern Orthodox Church
see - the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located
jurisdiction - in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
parish - the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor
3.episcopate - 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"
4.episcopate - the office and dignity of a bishop
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"


[ɪˈpɪskəʊpət] Nepiscopado m
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I will simply call your attention to the fact that your modern systems of popular election, of two chambers, and of juries all had their origin in provincial and oecumenical councils, and in the episcopate and college of cardinals; but there is this difference,--the views of civilization held by our present-day philosophy seem to me to fade away before the sublime and divine conception of Catholic communion, the type of a universal social communion brought about by the word and the fact that are combined in religious dogma.
The report is clear: there is no way forward to be found in parallel episcopates or competing jurisdictions.
Our first task will be to provide people around Europe with objective and reliable data about the anti-Christian discrimination which is taking place," said Thierry Bonaventura, media officer of the Council of Catholic Episcopates of Europe, which includes bishops' conferences from 33 countries and Monaco and Cyprus.
An added feature of the second book is a listing of these dioceses (the number changed over time because of both splitting and the expansion of French borders) and their bishops, with dates of the episcopates.
We have entire episcopates who are hostile to exorcism.