(of a church) having its own head or chief bishop, though in communion with other Orthodox churches.
(of a bishop) subordinate to no superior authority; self-governing.
The Church of Cyprus has been autocephalous since at any rate the oecumenical synod of Ephesus in 431.
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The Cretan Church is not, strictly speaking, autocephalous, being dependent on the patriarchate of Constantinople.
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(of an Eastern Christian Church) governed by its own national synods and appointing its own patriarchs or prelates
(of a bishop) independent of any higher governing body
noun a device in a record player that enables a small stack of records to be dropped automatically onto the turntable one at a time and played separately a record player with such a device
a material once used for color photography, consisting of a photographic emulsion applied over a multicolored screen of minute starch grains dyed red, green, and blue-violet. Historical Examples “And so that is the way these autochrome plates we have here were made,” concluded the scientist. The Boy’s Book of New Inventions Harry E. Maule
an aboriginal inhabitant. Ecology. one of the indigenous animals or plants of a region. Geology. a geological formation formed in the region where found. Historical Examples He is earth-born, autochthon, and holds possession by descent. The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies Walter Besant autochthon, aw-tok′thon, n. one of the primitive inhabitants of a country: an aboriginal:—pl. […]
pertaining to autochthons; aboriginal; indigenous (opposed to heterochthonous). Pathology. found in the part of the body in which it originates, as a cancerous lesion. found in a locality in which it originates, as an infectious disease. Psychology. of or relating to ideas that arise independently of the individual’s own train of thought and seem instead […]