American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions.
- n. A bishop regarded in position as subordinate to an archbishop or a metropolitan.
- adj. Of, being, or relating to a suffragan.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Assisting; assistant; of or pertaining to a suffragan: as, a suffragan bishop; a suffragan see. In ecclesiastical usage every bishop of a province is said to be suffragan relatively to the archbishop. See
suffragan bishop, under bishop.
- n. An auxiliary bishop, especially one with no right of ordinary jurisdiction; in the Ch. of Eng., a bishop who has been consecrated to assist the ordinary bishop of a see in a particular part of his diocese, like the ancient chorepiscopus (which see).
- n. A title of every ordinary bishop with respect to the archbishop or metropolitan who is his superior. Synonyms Coadjutor, Suffragan. See
- n. A bishop seen in relation to his archbishop or metropolitan province (which may summon him for support, to attend synods etc.).
- n. An auxiliary bishop.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a suffragan.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Assisting; assistant.
- n. An assistant.
- n. (Eccl.) A bishop considered as an assistant, or as subject, to his metropolitan; an assistant bishop.
- n. an assistant or subordinate bishop of a diocese
- From Anglo-Norman, Old French suffragam, from (the stem of) Latin suffrāgium ("suffrage"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin suffrāgāneus, voting, supporting, from Latin suffrāgium, support, right to vote, from suffrāgārī, to express support; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The bishops in the province are called suffragan bishops, because subject in some things to the authority of the archbishop, who is also called the metropolitan, because bishop of a metropolis or chief city of the province over which he presides.”
“Occasionally there have been two assistants of the vicar, to one of whom were committed all matters of jurisdiction, to the other the pontificalia and ordinations; the latter was known as suffragan of the vicar.”
“Finally, and this may help Mother Glasspool but I doubt it, she has been elected a bishop suffragan, which is basically an "assistant bishop," whereas Bishop Robinson was elected the bishop of his diocese.”
“suffragan" is often used as meaning merely an assistant bishop.”
“The Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool has 29 consents to become bishop suffragan, according to a recent report by the Diocese of Los Angeles.”
“To him no doubt more than one puisne judge, suffragan bishop, member of parliament, or cabinet minister today owe their careers, and each and every one of their youthful peccadilloes went with Arthur to his grave, which, incidentally, is under a pretty gum tree on the southeast side of the Bulpadock.”
“Plus, one of the two suffragan bishops is a woman! datingjesus”
“We have coadjutor bishops, suffragan bishops and assisting bishops.”
“At a conference of opponents this weekend, the Right Reverend John Broadhurst, suffragan bishop of Fulham, at last announced he will resign in the new year, denouncing the church as "fascist".”
“The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, suffragan bishop of Fulham, a long-standing and vociferous opponent of women priests, was born a Roman Catholic, subsequently became an Anglican and has been ordained in the Church of England for 44 years.”
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