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- n. Plural form of episcope.
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Also, I am very aware that Mgr Burke is a great servant of the Church, and that many European episcopes are just as bad as their American counterparts.
'A bishop (_episcopes_) is literally an overseer, instead of which it is notorious that some of them are overlookers of their duties, and blind to the state of their diocese, though they call it their see. '