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episcopal Syllabification: e·pis·co·pal
Pronunciation: /əˈpiskəpəl/

Definition of episcopal in English:


1Of a bishop or bishops: episcopal power
More example sentences
  • He cites instances in which priests served as bishops without episcopal ordination, acting only with the potestas bestowed by the jurisdictional authority of Rome.
  • If a nonordained man is selected, he must immediately be ordained priest and then bishop, with his succession to the papacy turning on the moment of his episcopal ordination.
  • Attending to political perceptions and consequences, while not unimportant, is nowhere to be found in the rite of episcopal ordination.
1.1(Of a church) governed by or having bishops.
Example sentences
  • Ministers, and particularly bishops in episcopal churches, also represent symbolically the church and Christ's way of life.
  • That the Anglican churches are episcopal churches is on the way to becoming a semi-official designation as well as a fact.
  • I joined the congregation of the local episcopal cathedral in Minneapolis on two consecutive Sundays, and spent lots of money on a new computer that I don't really need.


Late Middle English: from French épiscopal or ecclesiastical Latin episcopalis, from episcopus 'bishop', from Greek episkopos 'overseer' (see bishop).



Pronunciation: /-ˌlizəm/


Example sentences
  • Although ordained episcopally in 1660, he declined to subscribe to the Act of Uniformity, so lost his fellowship in 1662.
  • They also remain firmly committed to the Eucharist being celebrated only by women and men who have been episcopally ordained.
  • His Dialogues (whose authenticity has been challenged) inspiringly portrayed the Italian Church as ascetic, preaching, thaumaturgic, but episcopally controlled.

Words that rhyme with episcopal

syncopal • purple

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