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deaconess

Line breaks: dea¦con|ess
Pronunciation: /ˌdiːkəˈnɛs
 
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Definition of deaconess in English:

noun

(In the early Church and some modern Churches) a woman with duties similar to those of a deacon.
Example sentences
  • In the early 1970s, while in seminary, I wrote a seminar paper for Professor Glenn Hinson on the roles of deaconesses in the early church.
  • What duties did early English Baptist churches assign to deaconesses?
  • At this time she decided to become a deaconess in the Methodist Church and worked towards that end.

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