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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of a class of clergy, in rank between bishops proper and presbyters, introduced in the latter part of the third century to aid in the episcopal supervision of the country districts of enlarged dioceses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eccl.) A “country” or suffragan bishop, appointed in the ancient church by a diocesan bishop to exercise episcopal jurisdiction in a rural district.

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  • noun A country or suffragan bishop, appointed in the ancient church by a diocesan bishop to exercise episcopal jurisdiction in a rural district.

Etymologies

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Latin, from Ancient Greek χωρεπίσκοπος (khōrepiskopos); χώρα (khōra, "place, country") + ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos, "overseer, bishop") (from ἐπί (epi, "on, upon, over") + σκοπός (skopos, "watcher")). Compare bishop.

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