American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The district or churches under the jurisdiction of a bishop; a bishopric.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A district or division of a country; a province: now obsolete except when used with reference to Norway, an episcopal diocese (stift) of which, as a geographical division of the country, is sometimes regarded as a province, though it has no provincial civil administration.
- n. Under the Roman empire after Diocletian and Constantine, a subdivision of a prefecture, comprising a number of provinces; hence, a corresponding extent of territory as an ecclesiastical division, including a number of provinces or eparchies, each province again containing a number of parœciæ, which themselves finally came to be called dioceses in the following (modern) sense.
- n. The district, with its population, falling under the pastoral care of a bishop.
- n. Administrative division of the later Roman Empire, starting with the Tetrarchy.
- n. religion Region administered by a bishop.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) The circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction; the district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical authority.
- n. the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
- From Latin dioecēsis ("district under a governor"), from Ancient Greek διοίκησις (dioikēsis, "internal administration") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English diocise, from Old French, from Late Latin diocēsis, from Latin dioecēsis, jurisdiction, from Greek dioikēsis, administration, from dioikein, to keep house, administer : dia-, intensive pref.; see dia- + oikein, to inhabit (from oikos, house. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Originally the term diocese (Gr. dioikesis) signified management of a household, thence administration or government in general.”
“And the diocese is getting a new boss bishop in January!”
“It wasn't immediately known what Benson's position at the diocese is now.”
“Donna Daly, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of San Diego, did not immediately return a call on Sunday and no one answered at the main diocese number.”
“The Virginia diocese is still in court trying to get the church property back.”
“In some ways, I appreciate the fact the diocese is still building churches where churches are needed to be built.”
“Meanwhile, the diocese is breaking ground on a $3 million, 450-seat church in the exurb of Grafton, Our Lady Queen of Peace (below), done in a dismal retro style.”
“For a little over a year, five Canadian and six African dioceses have engaged in diocese-to-diocese theological dialogue on matters relating to human sexuality and to mission.”
“Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, Sant'Egidio's sort of godfather in the Church, savors Saint Valentine's legacy, because his diocese is in the place where the Saint is said to have lived.”
“I called the diocese spokeswoman, Suzanne Gill, on her cell.”
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