Episcopate
Episcopate E*pis"co*pate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Episcopated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Episcopating}.] To act as a bishop; to fill the office of a prelate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Feeding the flock episcopating. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • episcopate — ► NOUN 1) the office or term of office of a bishop. 2) (the episcopate) the bishops of a church or region collectively …   English terms dictionary

  • Episcopate — E*pis co*pate, n. [L. episcopatus, fr. episcopus: cf. F. [ e]piscopat. See {Bishop}.] 1. A bishopric; the office and dignity of a bishop. [1913 Webster] 2. The collective body of bishops. [1913 Webster] 3. The time of a bishop s rule. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • episcopate — [ē pis′kə pit, ē pis′kəpāt΄; ipis′kə pit] n. [see EPISCOPACY] 1. the position, rank, or term of office of a bishop 2. a bishop s see 3. bishops collectively …   English World dictionary

  • episcopate — noun a) Bishops seen as a group. The American Roman Catholic episcopate regularly meets together. b) The tenure in office of a bishop. Bishop Smiths episcopate ran for more than 30 years …   Wiktionary

  • Episcopate —    The office of a Bishop. The term is variously used. It means not only the office or dignity of a Bishop, but it may also mean the period of time during which any particular Bishop exercises his office in presiding over a Diocese. Again,… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • episcopate — e|pis|co|pate [ ı pıskəpət ] noun count the rank or position of a BISHOP a. the period of time for which someone is a BISHOP in a church b. the episcopate all the BISHOPS in a church …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • episcopate — [ɪ pɪskəpət, ɛ ] noun the office of a bishop. ↘(the episcopate) the bishops of a church or region collectively …   English new terms dictionary

  • episcopate — noun Date: 1641 1. the rank or office of or term of as a bishop 2. diocese 3. the body of bishops (as in a country) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • episcopate — /i pis keuh pit, payt /, n. 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. [1635 45; < LL episcopatus the office of a bishop. See BISHOP, ATE3] * * * …   Universalium

  • episcopate — e pis·co·pate || kəʊpÉ™t n. position of a bishop; area over which a bishop has jurisdiction …   English contemporary dictionary

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