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A church official, as in the Anglican Church, who is in charge of temporal and other affairs in a diocese, with powers delegated from the bishop.

[Middle English archedeken, from Old English arcediakon, from Late Latin archidiāconus, from Late Greek arkhidiākonos : Greek arkhi-, archi- + Greek diākonos, deacon.]

arch·dea′con·ate (-kə-nĭt) n.
arch·dea′con·ship′ n.
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1. (Anglicanism) an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches
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(ˈɑrtʃˈdi kən)

an ecclesiastic who ranks next below a bishop and has administrative responsibility for a diocese.
[before 1000]
arch`dea′con•ate, arch`dea′con•ry, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.archdeacon - (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishoparchdeacon - (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop
Anglican Church, Anglican Communion, Church of England - the national church of England (and all other churches in other countries that share its beliefs); has its see in Canterbury and the sovereign as its temporal head
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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[ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən] Narcediano m
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[ˌɑːrtʃˈdiːkən] narchidiacre m
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[ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən] narcidiacono
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References in classic literature ?
This poet was John Barbour, Archdeacon of Aberdeen.
He was Archdeacon of Aberdeen, as already said, and in 1357 he received a safe-conduct from Edward III to allow him to travel to Oxford with three companions.
The priest whitewashes them, the archdeacon scrapes them down; then the populace arrives and demolishes them.
Testimonials representing Mrs General as a prodigy of piety, learning, virtue, and gentility, were lavishly contributed from influential quarters; and one venerable archdeacon even shed tears in recording his testimony to her perfections
The widower then finding Mrs General both inconvenient and expensive, became of a sudden almost as much affected by her merits as the archdeacon had been, and circulated such praises of her surpassing worth, in all quarters where he thought an opportunity might arise of transferring the blessing to somebody else, that Mrs General was a name more honourable than ever.
It means that she is one of three archdeacons and covers the Llandaff, Penarth and Barry areas.
Traditionally the diocese has had two archdeacons - one for the Coventry area and one for the Warwick area.
The move came after a report by the Venerable Daniel Kajumba, Archdeacon of Reigate, showed only 1.1% of bishops, archdeacons and cathedral deans posts are filled by ethnic minorities.
I will be focusing my energy on the support of the clergy with regular meetings of the regional deans and archdeacons," Archbishop Clarke wrote.
The boss is the Bishop of St Asaph, the Right Rev Gregory Cameron, who to her astonishment invited her to become one of his three archdeacons - taking responsibility for a third of the diocese in the Wrexham area and based at Llandegla where she will also be rector and take a weekly Sunday service.
Privett, who has described himself as a "lifelong Christian and a child of the rectory," has been one of two territorial archdeacons serving under Edmonton Bishop Victoria Matthews.
The committee outlined a set of recommendations to standardize and prevent the erosion of the salaries and benefits of council members, among them, making sure that RAs are part of synod budgets of all council dioceses and increasing the base of the RAs each year by 30 per cent for bishops, 20 per cent for administrative archdeacons or their equivalents and 15 per cent for deans and regional archdeacons.