Meaning of episcopate

e•pis•co•pate

Pronunciation: (i-pis'ku-pit, -pāt"), [key]
— n.
  1. the office and dignity of a bishop; bishopric.
  2. the order or body of bishops.
  3. the incumbency of a bishop.
  4. the diocese of a bishop.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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