AskDefine | Define bishopric

Dictionary Definition

bishopric n : the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop [syn: diocese]

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Alternative spellings


From bishop + Old English -ric, kingdom or ruled area, akin to German Reich and Latin regere, rule; originally from Proto-Indo-European


  1. A diocese or region of a church which a bishop governs.

Extensive Definition

Bishopric may refer to:
  • Diocese an ecclesiastical region run by a bishop in the Roman Catholic, Othrodoc Christian, Anglican and some Lutheran churches.
  • Bishopric (political) an area, historically most common within the Holy Roman Empire, where a bishop held the secular authority.
  • Bishopric (LDS Church) consisting of a bishop and his two counselors, presides over an LDS ward.
bishopric in Esperanto: Episkopejo
bishopric in French: Évêché

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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