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From Middle English bischophood, bishophod, bischophad, from Old English bisċophād (the office or state of a bishop; the episcopate), equivalent to bishop +‎ -hood.


bishophood (uncountable)

  1. The state, condition, or office of a bishop; the episcopate.
    • 1919, James Anthony Froude, Thomas Carlyle:
      I find he was really of religious nature, and thought in secret, in spite of his bishophood, very much in regard to religion as we do.

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