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Meaning of DIOCESE

Pronunciation:  'dIu`sees

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

DIOCESE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: bishopric
 See Also: archdiocese, eparchy, jurisdiction, parish, see



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Di"o*cese\, n.; pl. {Dioceses}. [OE. diocise, OF.
diocise, F. dioc['e]se, L. dioecesis, fr. Gr. ? housekeeping,
administration, a province, a diocese, fr. ? to keep house,
manage; dia` through + ? to manage a household, ? a house.
See {Economy}.] (Eccl.)
The circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction; the
district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical
authority. [Frequently, but improperly, spelt {diocess}.]

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