American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bishop of the highest rank, heading an archdiocese or province.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A title used in the Christian church as early as the fourth century, and regularly given in that and the next four centuries to the bishops of the highest rank, afterward known as patriarchs. It was also occasionally applied in the East to exarchs and metropolitans of sees of exceptional antiquity or dignity, and was sometimes extended in later times to others of the same rank as a special distinction. In the West, from the eighth or ninth century, the title was given to metropolitans of every class, and this is still the use of the Roman Catholic Church. Archbishops have certain rights of honor and jurisdiction over their suffragan bishops (that is, the bishops of the dioceses making up their ecclesiastical province), such as those of calling and presiding over provincial councils, receiving appeals in certain cases, etc.; but these rights, formerly very considerable, are now comparatively limited. At present the archbishop is not always a metropolitan, since there have long been a few archbishoprics without suffragans, and oftener still the title is purely honorary. See
primate. The insignia of an archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church are the woolen pallium, before receiving which from the pope he cannot exercise the functions of his office, and the double cross borne processionally before him. In the Anglican Church there are four archbishops, two in the Church of England (those of Canterbury and York, the former of whom is metropolitan of all England), and two in the Church of Ireland (those of Armagh and Dublin, the former of whom is primate). The Church of Sweden has one archbishop, whose see is at Upsala. Abbreviated to abp.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church and other churches, a senior bishop who is in charge of an archdiocese, and presides over a group of dioceses called a province.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A chief bishop; a church dignitary of the first class (often called a metropolitan or primate) who superintends the conduct of the suffragan bishops in his province, and also exercises episcopal authority in his own diocese.
- n. a bishop of highest rank
- From arch- + bishop, from Latin archiepiscopus, from Ancient Greek ἀρχιεπίσκοπος (arkhiepiskopos), from ἀρχι- (archi-, “first, chief”) + ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos, “overseer”), from ἐπισκοπέω (episkopeō, "I watch over"), from ἐπί (epi, “over”) + σκοπέω (skopeō, “I examine”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English archebishop, from Old English arcebisceop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Late Greek arkhiepiskopos : Greek arkhi-, archi- + Greek episkopos, bishop; see bishop. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“[_Endorsed_: "In order that the decrees above inserted, ordering that the missionaries of the Filipinas Islands have no prisons or jails; that they may not condemn, except those who have commission from the archbishop; and that they appoint no other fiscals than those whom he shall assign them; notwithstanding the decrees that were given ordering no innovation in the former practice, be followed in the appointment of the said fiscals."] _Letter to the archbishop_”
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 21 of 55 1624 Explorations by early navigators, descriptions of the islands and their peoples, their history and records of the catholic missions, as related in contemporaneous books and manuscripts, showing the political, economic, commercial and religious conditions of those islands from their earliest relations with European nations to the close of the nineteenth century.
“Johannesburg's Catholic community will soon h! ave their first black bishop who will have the title archbishop, Father Stan”
“But the archbishop is perhaps the most powerful member of a global alliance of conservative bishops and theologians, generously supported by foundations and individual donors in the United States, who seek to dominate the Anglican Communion and expel those who oppose them, particularly the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.”
“At the start of a Mass, Turin archbishop Cardinal Severino Poletto welcomed Benedict to join those who have silently prayed before the sepia-toned cloth, "this sacred linen that speaks in an impressive way of the Passion of Christ.”
“A bitter, rabid weasel of a man who thought that possessing the title of archbishop somehow made him immune to the laws of God and men, and a twerpy, unscrupulous banker who had more ambition than sense.”
“The archbishop is keeping a sharp eye on what you actually say.”
“I will not stop to inquire whether our guest may or may not have looked backward, through rather too long a period for us, to some remote and distant time when he might possibly bear some far-off likeness to a certain Spanish archbishop whom Gil Blas once served.”
“The former archbishop is now chief guardian of Catholic doctrine worldwide.”
“By tradition an Anglican archbishop is free to ordain whomever he pleases within his province, so although the Americans live and work in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and other states, they are now technically bishops within the province of Rwanda.”
“Father Bob thought that she was manipulative after she called the archbishop to complain about him.”
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