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From Middle English bischopdom, from Old English bisċopdōm, bisċeopdōm, bisċepdōm (the province of a bishop; a bishopric), equivalent to bishop +‎ -dom. Cognate with Dutch bisdom (bishopdom), German Bistum (bishopdom), Danish bispedømme (bishopdom), Swedish biskopsdöme (bishopdom), Icelandic biskupsdæmur, biskupsdæmi (bishopdom).


bishopdom (countable and uncountable, plural bishopdoms)

  1. The jurisdiction of a bishop; episcopate.
    • Milton
      divine right of bishopdom

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bishopdom in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)