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1. A bishop in the Eastern Orthodox Church ranking immediately below a patriarch.
2. The ruler of a province in the Byzantine Empire.
[Late Latin exarchus, an overseer, from Greek exarkhos, from exarkhein, to lead : ex-, ex- + arkhein, to rule.]
ex′ar′chate (ĕk′sär′kāt), ex′ar′chy (-kē) n.
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exarchate(ˈɛksɑːˌkeɪt; ɛkˈsɑːkeɪt) or
n, pl -chates or -chies
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the office, rank, or jurisdiction of an exarch
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