the church in the U.S. that inherited the doctrine, discipline, and forms of worship of the Church of England, from which it became an independent body within the Anglican communion: known before 1976 as the Protestant Episcopal Church.
[ih-pis-kuh-peyl-yuh n, -pey-lee-uh n] /ɪˌpɪs kəˈpeɪl yən, -ˈpeɪ li ən/ adjective 1. pertaining or adhering to the Episcopal Church in America. 2. (lowercase) pertaining or adhering to the form of church government. noun 3. a member of the Episcopal Church in America. 4. (lowercase) an adherent of the system of church government. /ɪˌpɪskəˈpeɪlɪən/ adjective 1. […]
[ih-pis-kuh-puh-liz-uh m] /ɪˈpɪs kə pəˌlɪz əm/ noun 1. the theory of church polity according to which the supreme ecclesiastical authority is vested in the order as a whole, and not in any individual except by delegation. /ɪˈpɪskəpəˌlɪzəm/ noun 1. the belief that a Church should be governed by bishops
noun 1. (def 2).
[ih-pis-kuh-pit, -peyt] /ɪˈpɪs kə pɪt, -ˌpeɪt/ noun 1. the office and dignity of a bishop; bishopric. 2. the order or body of bishops. 3. the incumbency of a bishop. 4. the diocese of a bishop. /ɪˈpɪskəpɪt; -ˌpeɪt/ noun 1. the office, status, or term of office of a bishop 2. bishops collectively