Part of speech: noun

Government by bishops.

Part of speech: noun

A bishop's office.

Part of speech: noun

The body of bishops.

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Usage examples "episcopacy":

  1. Of this number only one hundred million are non- Episcopal, so that we may conclude from the universal acceptance of Episcopacy before the Reformation and from the large preponderance of adherents to this form of Church government at this present time,- from these facts we may safely conclude that Episcopacy is in accordance with the mind of the Master. - "The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia", William James Miller.
  2. Episcopacy is a good thing; but it may happen that a bishop is not a good thing. - "Scenes of Clerical Life", George Eliot.
  3. Charles, who hoped to enlist the sympathy of the Scots in his struggle with the English Parliament, paid a second visit to Edinburgh, where he gave his assent to the abolition of Episcopacy, and to the repeal of the Acts which had given rise to the dispute. - "An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)", Robert S. Rait.