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n. pl. ep·ar·chies
A diocese of an Eastern Orthodox Church.

[Greek eparkhiā, provincial government, from eparkhein, to rule over : ep-, epi-, epi- + arkhein, to rule.]
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(ˈɛpɑːkɪ) or


n, pl -chies or -chates
1. (Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) a diocese of the Eastern Christian Church
2. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a province
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in modern Greece) a subdivision of a province
epˈarchial adj
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(ˈɛp ɑr ki)

n., pl. -chies.
a diocese in an Eastern Church.
[1790–1800; < Greek eparchía]
ep•ar′chi•al, adj.
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Ancient Greece. the territory governed by an eparch or governor. See also eastern orthodoxy.
See also: Greece and Greeks
a diocese. See also greece and greeks.
See also: Eastern Orthodoxy
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eparchy - a province in ancient Greece
province, state - the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south"
2.eparchy - a diocese of the Eastern Orthodox Church
bishopric, diocese, episcopate - the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
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