autocephalous

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek αὐτοκέφαλος (autoképhalos), from αὐτο- (auto-, auto-) + κεφαλή (kephalḗ, head). Synchronically, auto- +‎ -cephalous.

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  • IPA(key): /ɔːtə(ʊ)ˈsɛfələs/

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autocephalous (comparative more autocephalous, superlative most autocephalous)

  1. (Christianity, of a church or bishop) Self-governing: independent of other episcopal jurisdiction (to a greater degree than an autonomous church).

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