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[ih-pis-kuh-puh-see] /ɪˈpɪs kə pə si/

noun, plural episcopacies.
government of the church by bishops; church government in which there are three distinct orders of ministers, namely bishops, priests or presbyters, and deacons.
noun (pl) -cies
government of a Church by bishops
another word for episcopate

1640s; see episcopal + -cy.


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