noun (plural -cies) Date: 14th century 1. the office or dignity of a prelate 2. episcopal church government

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  • Prelacy — Prel a*cy, n.; pl. {Prelacies}. [LL. praelatia. See {Prelate}; cf. {Prelaty}.] 1. The office or dignity of a prelate; church government by prelates. [1913 Webster] Prelacies may be termed the greater benefices. Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prelacy — [prel′ətiz΄əmprel′ə sē] n. pl. prelacies [ME prelacie < ML(Ec) praelatia] 1. a) the office or rank of a prelate b) prelates collectively: also prelature [prel′əchoor΄, prel′əchər] 2. church government by prelates: often a hostile term: also …   English World dictionary

  • prelacy — /prel euh see/, n., pl. prelacies. 1. the office or dignity of a prelate. 2. the order of prelates. 3. the body of prelates collectively. 4. Sometimes Disparaging. the system of church government by prelates. [1275 1325; ME prelacie < AF < ML… …   Universalium

  • prelacy — noun a) the office of a prelate b) the prelature prelates considered as a group …   Wiktionary

  • prelacy — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Hierarchy] Syn. rank, episcopacy, prelatism; see ministry 2 . 2. [Episcopate] Syn. diocese, pontificate; see bishopric …   English dictionary for students

  • prelacy — episcopal church government Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • prelacy — prel·a·cy || prelÉ™sɪ n. office of bishop; system of rule by bishops, episcopacy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prelacy — [ prɛləsi] noun (plural prelacies) the government of the Christian Church by prelates. ↘the office or rank of a prelate. Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr. prelacie, from med. L. prelatia, from praelatus (see prelate) …   English new terms dictionary

  • prelacy — n. 1. Office of prelate, prelateship, prelature, episcopal office. 2. Episcopacy, prelatism, hierarchy, hierarchism, hierocracy …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • prelacy — n 1. prelatism, episcopacy, hierarchy, hierocracy, hierarchism, clericalism, theocracy. 2. prelature, prelateship, episcopate, bishopric, archbishopric, cardinalship, pontificate, papacy, primacy; canonry, prebendary …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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