Definition of episcopalian in English:


Syllabification: e·pis·co·pa·lian
Pronunciation: /iˌpiskəˈpālēən


  • 1Of or advocating government of a church by bishops.
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    • As in 1662 the Anglican squirearchy would permit no weakening of the hierarchical and episcopalian structure of the Church.
  • 1.1Of or belonging to an episcopal church.
  • 1.2 (Episcopalian) Of or belonging to the Episcopal Church.
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    • The anti-war view is backed by the Episcopalian Church.
    • I have an Episcopalian Franciscan friend, a monk who has become a priest, and who took the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
    • Carroll reports on an Assemblies of God congregation that became Episcopalian and on evangelicals who became Orthodox.


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  • 1An adherent of episcopacy.
  • 1.1 (Episcopalian) A member of the Episcopal Church.
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    • Perhaps most important, in many urban and rural areas where churches are struggling, Episcopalians and Lutherans will be able to have joint congregations served by a pastor or priest of either body.
    • Late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Episcopalians searched the early Church for examples to prove to Baptists that infant baptism was ancient and proper.
    • This summer, Episcopalians, United Methodists and Presbyterians will take up the issue at their individual conventions.



Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
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  • However, I think his son converted to episcopalianism (if that can be called a ‘conversion’).
  • Anglican High Churchmen referred - sometimes enviously - to the relative autonomy of non-established Scottish episcopalianism.

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