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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.]
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(ɪˈpɪskəpɪt; -ˌpeɪt)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the office, status, or term of office of a bishop
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) bishops collectively
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(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]
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 bishops collectively, 1842.
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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"
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[ɪˈpɪskəʊpət] Nepiscopado m
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