episcopacy

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From episcopa(te) +‎ -cy and/or episcopa(l) +‎ -cy.

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episcopacy (plural episcopacies)

  1. The office of bishop and the governance of the Church by bishops.
    • 2009, John Sadler, Glencoe, Amberley 2009, p. 16:
      Further religious division occurred during the post-Restoration decades in the reign of Charles II, when strenuous and violent efforts were made by the Government to impose an episcopacy on the Scottish Church.
  2. Bishops collectively; episcopate.

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