episcopacy








noun, plural e·pis·co·pa·cies.

  1. government of the church by bishops; church government in which there are three distinct orders of ministers, namely bishops, priests or presbyters, and deacons.
  2. episcopate.

noun plural -cies

  1. government of a Church by bishops
  2. another word for episcopate
n.

1640s; see episcopal + -cy.

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