• WordNet 3.6
    • n archdeacon (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Archdeacon In England, an ecclesiastical dignitary, next in rank below a bishop, whom he assists, and by whom he is appointed, though with independent authority.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n archdeacon A chief deacon; strictly, an ecclesiastic who has charge of the temporal and external administration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop. The word is found as the title of an ecclesiastical dignitary from the fourth century. In the East it is last found as applied to an ecclesiastical officer of the court of Constantinople under the late Byzantine empire. In the West, from the eighth century, dioceses began to be divided into separate territories, over which rural archdeacons were placed, having under them deans or rural archpriests, charged with the supervision of the parish priests of their respective districts; over these was the general or grand archdeacon of the whole diocese, who took precedence of the archpriest (which see), and held his own court with its officials, distinct from that of the bishop, so that appeals were taken from the former to the latter. The rural archdeacons were often priests, having a cure of souls, as was also the grand archdeacon from the twelfth century. The powers and privileges of this office were gradually restricted, and in the Roman Catholic Church, since the Council of Trent, its place is for the most part supplied by the bishop's vicar-general, between whom and the parish priests are sometimes found the vicars forane, or present rural deans; while the archdeacon of the present day, where the office survives, holds a dignity of honor. In the Church of England each bishop has the assistance of two or more archdeacons, who as his deputies inspect and manage the affairs of the diocese, and perform a variety of duties partly secular and partly ecclesiastical. In two dioceses of the Protestant Episcopal Church of America the title archdeacon has been introduced.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Archdeacon ärch-dē′kn a chief deacon: the ecclesiastical dignitary having the chief supervision of a diocese or part of it, next under the bishop—the 'bishop's eye.'—ns. Archdeac′onry, the office, jurisdiction, or residence of an archdeacon; Archdeac′onship, the office of an archdeacon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. arcediacon, archidiacon, L. archidiaconus, fr. Gr. . See Arch- pref,., and, Deacon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Arch, chief, and Deacon.


In literature:

It was just possible that he might get a gallery seat in the place where the Archdeacon is booked for a stall.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
One day he took me with him to stay at Hurstmonceux with Archdeacon Hare, and a delightful time it was.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
W. Goodenough, Archdeacon of Carlisle; the Rev.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
In 1701 he was appointed Archdeacon of Totness, and afterwards Prebend of Exeter.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
I suppose the archdeacon would have defended this shameful plagiarism on his favourite principle of expediency.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
Archdeacon Scott was succeeded, in 1829, by the Rev.
"Australia, its history and present condition" by William Pridden
By JOHN WILLIAMS, A.M., Oxon, Archdeacon of Cardigan.
"Notes and Queries, Number 232, April 8, 1854" by Various
The hunchback, Quasimodo, has flung the archdeacon, Claude Frollo, from the tower-top of Notre Dame.
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
The Archdeacon asked if no authorities had interfered.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
And accordingly, but now at a more decent pace, we proceeded on our way to Archdeacon Clitheroe's.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
When the sermon came on I settled myself in a restful corner to listen to the Archdeacon.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 26, 1920" by Various
Archdeacon Coxe, in his Life of Marlborough, has obscurely alluded to the circumstances attending the building of Blenheim.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The startled archdeacon asked for proof of the episcopal charges, but of course no proof was forthcoming.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
The late Archdeacon Lea in his excellent book "Small Farms" dwells strongly on the folly of buying cheap stuff.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
The archbishop would not have believed it though his archdeacon had himself heard the word.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
Dr. Henry supposes Barbour to have become Archdeacon of Aberdeen in 1356.
"Notes and Queries, Number 237, May 13, 1854" by Various
The metrical version of Tate and Brady, and that of Archdeacon Prys.
"Notes and Queries, Number 238, May 20, 1854" by Various
The Archdeacon of Chichester at that time was the Rev.
"Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind" by Frances Martin
Here lies the Dean of Santiago and Archdeacon of Salamanca, a natural son of the King of Leon.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
An archdeacon should be addressed as "Archdeacon Blank," and a canon as "Canon Blank.
"Manners and Rules of Good Society" by Anonymous

In news:

Reverend Canon Denise G Haines, 73, former Archdeacon , author and educator.
Dan Hale appointed archdeacon of CEC's Diocese of the Mid-South.
Father Dan Hale of Peachtree City was recently installed as the new archdeacon for the Diocese of the Mid-South of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.
Nationwide Agent Steve Archdeacon .
Steve Archdeacon has been a Nationwide agent for 29 years.
Dayton Daily News, Ohio, Tom Archdeacon column.

In science:

Just as MacLane turned the algebraic properties of the face boundaries of a plane graph into a planarity criterion, Archdeacon, Bonnington and Little found an algebraic planarity criterion in terms of the ‘left-right-tours’ of finite plane graphs.
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
This concept was introduced by Archdeacon, Dinitz and Harary in 1985 , but does not appear to be particularly well-known. (The case where each edge colouring is a 1-factorization is better-known: see Alspach et al. , for instance.) However, an alternative interpretation is as follows.
Generalized packing designs
Dan Archdeacon, Face colorings of embedded graphs, J.
Generation and Properties of Snarks
Archdeacon. A Kuratowski theorem for the projective plane.
Decomposition of Binary Signed-Graphic Matroids
He was the eldest son of the Venerable John Ribton Gore (1820-1894), Archdeacon of Achonry, County Sligo, also Canon of Killala and Rector of Dromard, and Frances Brabazon Ellard (1816- 1896), from whom he obtained his second name, stylising himself J.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness