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[ih-pis-kuh-puh l] /ɪˈpɪs kə pəl/

of or relating to a :
episcopal authority.
based on or recognizing a governing order of :
an episcopal hierarchy.
(initial capital letter) designating the Anglican Church or some branch of it, as the Episcopal Church in America.
(initial capital letter) Informal. an .
of, denoting, governed by, or relating to a bishop or bishops
belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church

mid-15c., from Middle French épiscopal (14c.), from Late Latin episcopalis, from Latin episcopus “an overseer” (see bishop). Reference to a church governed by bishops is 1752. With a capital E-, the ordinary designation of the Anglican church in the U.S. and Scotland.


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  • Episcopal-church-in-america

    noun 1. 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.

  • Episcopalian

    [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. […]

  • Episcopalism

    [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

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