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Meaning of BISHOP

Pronunciation:  'bishup

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color
  2. [n]  port wine mulled with oranges and cloves
  3. [n]  a clergyman having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches (Anglican Communion and Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic) to be successors of the twelve apostles of Christ

BISHOP is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


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Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bish"op\, n. [OE. bischop, biscop, bisceop, AS. bisceop,
    biscop, L. episcopus overseer, superintendent, bishop, fr.
    Gr. ?, ? over + ? inspector, fr. root of ?, ?, to look to,
    perh. akin to L. specere to look at. See {Spy}, and cf.
    1. A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director.
             Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned
             unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. --1 Pet.
                                                   ii. 25.
             It is a fact now generally recognized by theologians
             of all shades of opinion, that in the language of
             the New Testament the same officer in the church is
             called indifferently ``bishop'' ( ? ) and ``elder''
             or ``presbyter.''                     --J. B.
    2. In the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant
       Episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of
       the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally
       claiming to be a successor of the Apostles. The bishop is
       usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese,
       bishopric, or see.
    {Bishop in partibus} [{infidelium}] (R. C. Ch.), a bishop of
       a see which does not actually exist; one who has the
       office of bishop, without especial jurisdiction.
    {Titular bishop} (R. C. Ch.), a term officially substituted
       in 1882 for bishop in partibus.
    {Bench of Bishops}. See under {Bench}.
    3. In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of
       the highest church officers or superintendents.
    4. A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a
       representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called
    5. A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons,
       and sugar. --Swift.
    6. An old name for a woman's bustle. [U. S.]
             If, by her bishop, or her ``grace'' alone, A genuine
             lady, or a church, is known.          --Saxe.
  2. \Bish"op\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bishoped}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Bishoping}.]
    To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence,
    to receive formally to favor.
  3. \Bish"op\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bishoped}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Bishoping}.] [From the name of the scoundrel who first
    practiced it. Youatt.] (Far.)
    To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to
    bishop an old horse or his teeth.
    Note: The plan adopted is to cut off all the nippers with a
          saw to the proper length, and then with a cutting
          instrument the operator scoops out an oval cavity in
          the corner nippers, which is afterwards burnt with a
          hot iron until it is black. --J. H. Walsh.
Easton Bible Dictionary

an overseer. In apostolic times, it is quite manifest that there was no difference as to order between bishops and elders or presbyters (Acts 20:17-28; 1 Pet. 5:1, 2; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3). The term bishop is never once used to denote a different office from that of elder or presbyter. These different names are simply titles of the same office, "bishop" designating the function, namely, that of oversight, and "presbyter" the dignity appertaining to the office. Christ is figuratively called "the bishop [episcopos] of souls" (1 Pet. 2:25).

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