Meaning of episcopacy

e•pis•co•pa•cy

Pronunciation: (i-pis'ku-pu-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies.
  1. government of the church by bishops; church government in which there are three distinct orders of ministers, namely bishops, priests or presbyters, and deacons.
  2. episcopate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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