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archiepiscopal Syllabification: ar·chi·e·pis·co·pal
Pronunciation: /ˌärkēəˈpiskəpəl/

Definition of archiepiscopal in English:


Of or relating to an archbishop.
Example sentences
  • Then there is his decision not to live in the archiepiscopal residence but in the simpler rectory near the cathedral.
  • Younger auxiliary bishops are being appointed directly to archiepiscopal sees.
  • And the Church, meanwhile, divided up the kingdom in its own way, into 18 archiepiscopal provinces and 136 dioceses.


Pronunciation: /-əˈpiskəpəsē/
noun (plural archiepiscopacies)
Example sentences
  • He founded the archiepiscopacy of Esztergom.
  • Shkodra was the seat of the Catholic archiepiscopacy and had a number of religious schools.
  • Yet, Oblate status within the Baltimore religious community improved significantly with the succession of Francis Patrick Kenrick to the archiepiscopacy of Baltimore in 1851.
Pronunciation: /ˌärkēəˈpiskəpət/
Example sentences
  • His archiepiscopate was filled with quarrels with his cathedral clergy and, from 1207, with King John.
  • The most notable visual effect of Laud's archiepiscopate was the removal of the communion tables from the body of the church to the east end, where they were placed on a dais and railed off.
  • Nothelm consecrated three bishops during his archiepiscopate and agreed to the division of the Mercian diocese.


Early 17th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek arkhiepiskopos 'archbishop' (from arkhi- 'chief' + episkopos 'bishop') + -al.

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