archbishop

Definitions

  • Lemaitre, Mayenne, and the Archbishop of Lyons——53
    Lemaitre, Mayenne, and the Archbishop of Lyons——53
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n archbishop a bishop of highest rank
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Additional illustrations & photos:

TARRAGONA. The Archbishop's Tower TARRAGONA. The Archbishop's Tower
Archbishop Parker Archbishop Parker
Archbishop Usher Archbishop Usher
Archbishop Williams Archbishop Williams

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Archbishop A chief bishop; a church dignitary of the first class (often called a metropolitan or primate) who superintends the conduct of the suffragan bishops in his province, and also exercises episcopal authority in his own diocese.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n archbishop A title used in the Christian church as early as the fourth century, and regularly given in that and the next four centuries to the bishops of the highest rank, afterward known as patriarchs. It was also occasionally applied in the East to exarchs and metropolitans of sees of exceptional antiquity or dignity, and was sometimes extended in later times to others of the same rank as a special distinction. In the West, from the eighth or ninth century, the title was given to metropolitans of every class, and this is still the use of the Roman Catholic Church. Archbishops have certain rights of honor and jurisdiction over their suffragan bishops (that is, the bishops of the dioceses making up their ecclesiastical province), such as those of calling and presiding over provincial councils, receiving appeals in certain cases, etc.; but these rights, formerly very considerable, are now comparatively limited. At present the archbishop is not always a metropolitan, since there have long been a few archbishoprics without suffragans, and oftener still the title is purely honorary. See primate. The insignia of an archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church are the woolen pallium, before receiving which from the pope he cannot exercise the functions of his office, and the double cross borne processionally before him. In the Anglican Church there are four archbishops, two in the Church of England (those of Canterbury and York, the former of whom is metropolitan of all England), and two in the Church of Ireland (those of Armagh and Dublin, the former of whom is primate). The Church of Sweden has one archbishop, whose see is at Upsala. Abbreviated to abp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Archbishop ärch-bish′up a chief bishop: a metropolitan bishop who superintends the conduct of the suffragan bishops in his province, and also exercises episcopal authority in his own diocese
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
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    “Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.”
  • Sydney Smith
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    “I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. arcebisceop, arcebiscop, L. archiepiscopus, fr. Gr. 'archiepi`skopos. See Bishop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Arch, chief, and Bishop.

Usage

In literature:

The archbishops left Croydon, in 1758, when Archbishop Hutton died.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The Return of Archbishop Thomas.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
It was read by the archbishop, Richard assenting to it when it was read.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott
Farther removed from the throne and more numerous were the purple-robed archbishops and bishops.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The words which the archbishop spoke to the queen did not give her much comfort.
"Richard III" by Jacob Abbott
At the beginning of September, the Augustinians brought suit against us before the archbishop, regarding the administration of Mariquina.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
Dacius, also, archbishop of Milan, spoke in this sense.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
To Braga Archbishop Diogo de Souza gave a splendid silver-gilt chalice in 1509.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
Then the archbishop whispered evil words into the King's ear, but they did not sink into the King's heart.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
We have the declarations of Cardinal Logue, of Archbishop Walsh, of Archbishop Croke before us.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
All the Archbishops of Canterbury since that time have been consecrated there.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Succeeding years saw a continuity of archbishops, who achieved by their religious works a world-wide fame and glory.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
Samuel R. Van Sant and Archbishop Ireland.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
With Henry Tennant, he had petitioned Archbishop Piers for his assent to the Statutes, which they had drawn up.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
Thirteen sermons by an Archbishop!
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Are you not a friend of the Archbishop?
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
But the incident was portentous, and the Archbishop and his keen secretary heard in it an ominous echo.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
For May 30, 1676, his Majesty presented him for the office of archbishop of Manila.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 41 of 55, 1691-1700" by Various
It was erected by Archbishop Butuane, consecrated in 1332, and restored in 1901-1902.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The previous day his examination took place before the Archbishop and ourselves.
"Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888" by Edward VII
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In poetry:

Archbishop Odo
Was just in the middle of ‘Dodo’,
When he was reminded that it was Sunday.
Sic transit gloria mundi
"Clerihew – Odo" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Do not forget to visit the old Tower,
Where Archbishop Sharp spent many an hour,
Viewing the beautiful scenery for miles away
Along the bonnie banks o' the silvery Tay.
"The Village of Tayport and Its Surroundings" by William Topaz McGonagall
Scotscraig is an ancient and a most charming spot,
And once seen by visitors will never be forgot.
'Twas there that Archbishop Sharp lived long ago,
And the flower-garden there is a very grand show.
"The Village of Tayport and Its Surroundings" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Archbishop celebrates Mass for St Mark Church of Fallston's 125th anniversary.
Bishop Denis Madden, left, greets Archbishop William Lori, right, as he arrives for Sunday's 125th Anniversary celebration at St Mark Roman Catholic Church in Fallston.
Archbishop Charles J Chaput said Monday that he had reinstated a Philadelphia priest whose case city prosecutors cited as proof that the archdiocese failed to properly investigate clergy sex abuse or misconduct.
Cathedral Prep vs Archbishop Wood.
Archbishop Wood 36, Allentown Central Catholic 6 Wood steamrolls way to Hershey.
Archbishop Wood 36, Allentown Central Catholic 6.
Miami's Archbishop Thomas Wenski blesses, with holy water, an ultrasound machine.
The Mass and ceremony were held at St Rita Church in New Orleans with Archbishop Gregory Aymond officiating.
Archbishop Fouad Twal at the inaugural Mass.
Baltimore Archbishop William E Lori asked the governor to push a death penalty repeal in the legislative session that starts in January, offering his support in a letter that was hand delivered to the state house this morning.
McDonogh's Jameira Johnson, left, and Andrea Robinson team up on Archbishop Spalding's Jade Scaife during the Eagles' 51-32 loss Wednesday night.
Jade Sciafe and her Archbishop Spalding teammates had been waiting a long time for this moment.
Varsity Q&A with Archbishop Spalding swimmer David Harmon.
Cathedral Prep Mike Mischler sees something pretty familiar about Archbishop Wood.
High school basketball/ Archbishop Hoban 47, St Vincent-St. DeAllen Jackson leads Knights past Irish.
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