from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The position, term, or office of a bishop.
- n. The area of jurisdiction of a bishop; a diocese.
- n. Bishops considered as a group. Also called episcopacy.
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- n. Bishops seen as a group.
- n. The tenure in office of a bishop.
- n. A bishop's jurisdiction, the extent of his diocese.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bishopric; the office and dignity of a bishop.
- n. The collective body of bishops.
- n. The time of a bishop's rule.
- intransitive v. To act as a bishop; to fill the office of a prelate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act as a bishop; fill the office of a prelate.
- n. The office and dignity of a bishop; a bishopric.
- n. The incumbency of a bishop.
- n. The order of bishops; the episcopal institution; a body of bishops.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the office and dignity of a bishop
- n. the collective body of bishops
- n. the term of office of a bishop
- n. the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
Certainly we can't ignore the first clause of Ignatius 'passage concerning the bishop, but the extent to which a particular model of the episcopate is so privileged in modern Roman Catholic thought as a gate keeper for universality seems to go against the original usage of the term catholic, which at base is Christological.
He typifies the multi-faith, multi-cultural attitudes that are so virulent in the CofE hierarchy, I blanch to use the word episcopate, that has brought the Church to its knees.
VII May we not reasonably claim that the episcopate is the one means of providing such a ministry?
The dignity of the episcopate is a great burden: those shoulders carry the burdens of the entire church, and they ought to bear the weak sheep and the sins of the people. 23
One of the most important events during his episcopate was the invasion of Northumbria by Duncan, King of the Scots.
The chief event of his episcopate was the Council of Clermont in 535.
Among the noteworthy accomplishments of his episcopate were the founding of Loyola High School, Cleveland (1902);
One of the last important acts of his episcopate was his participation in the first great Council of Clovesho.
His episcopate was a remarkable one, and he himself was a most distinguished prelate.
In the Middle Ages Scholastic theologians denied that the episcopate was a distinct order from priesthood, alleging that the former is only the complement and perfection of the latter.