Chorepiscopus

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chorepiscopus (Eccl) A “country” or suffragan bishop, appointed in the ancient church by a diocesan bishop to exercise episcopal jurisdiction in a rural district.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chorepiscopus One of a class of clergy, in rank between bishops proper and presbyters, introduced in the latter part of the third century to aid in the episcopal supervision of the country districts of enlarged dioceses. Roman Catholic authorities hold that they were not bishops, but priests intrusted with special power; while others regard them as truly bishops, though of inferior dignity and limited authority. It is probable that both these views are historically correct, but apply to different periods.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; chw^ros chw`ra, place, country + bishop. Cf. Bishop