a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
port wine mulled with oranges and cloves
(chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color
A high ranking official in the Catholic church who governs a diocese, or a similar official in other denominations and religions. (Occasionally abbreviated as Bp. when used as a title.)
A piece that may be moved only diagonally.
The bishop is confined to squares of a single color.
penis (see bash the bishop).
Origin: From bishop, from biscop, from *, from episcopus, from ἐπίσκοπος, from ἐπί + σκοπέω. Cognate with biskop, bisschop, Bischof, biskop, biskop, biskup, .
a spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director
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
in the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents
a piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer
a beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar
an old name for a woman's bustle
to admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor
to make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth
A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, Old Catholic and Independent Catholic churches and in the Assyrian Church of the East, bishops claim apostolic succession, a direct historical lineage dating back to the original Twelve Apostles. Within these churches, bishops are seen as those who possess the full priesthood and can ordain clergy – including other bishops. Some Protestant churches including the Lutheran and Methodist churches have bishops serving similar functions as well, though not always understood to be within apostolic succession in the same way. One who has been ordained deacon, priest, and then bishop is understood to hold the fullness of the priesthood, given responsibility by Christ to govern, teach and sanctify the Body of Christ, members of the Faithful. Priests, deacons and lay ministers cooperate and assist their bishop in shepherding a flock. The term epískopos was not from the earliest times clearly distinguished from the term presbýteros, but the term was already clearly used in the sense of the order or office of bishop, distinct from that of priest in the writings of Ignatius of Antioch, and sources from the middle of the 2nd century undoubtedly set forth that all the chief centres of Christianity recognized and had the office of bishop, using a form of organization that remained universal until the Protestant Reformation.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bish′op, n. in the Western and Eastern Churches, and in the Anglican communion, a clergyman consecrated for the spiritual direction of a diocese, under an archbishop, and over the priests or presbyters and deacons: a spiritual overseer in the early Christian Church, whether of a local church or of a number of churches—the terms bishop [Gr. episcopos] and presbyter [Gr. presbyteros] are used interchangeably in the New Testament for the officers who direct the discipline and administer the affairs of a single congregation—the differentiation in function and dignity is, however, well marked by the end of the 2d century: one of the pieces or men in chess, from the upper part being carved into the shape of a bishop's mitre (formerly the archer): a wholesome hot drink compounded of red wine (claret, Burgundy, &c.) poured warm or cold upon ripe bitter oranges, sugared and spiced to taste.—v.t. (jocularly) to play the bishop, to confirm: to supply with bishops: to let milk or the like burn while cooking.—ns. Bish′opess, a she-bishop, a bishop's wife; Bish′opric, the office and jurisdiction of a bishop: a diocese—also Bish′opdom.—Bishop in partibus (see Partibus). [A.S. biscop—L. episcopus—Gr. episcopos, an overseer—epi, upon, skop-ein, to view.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
originally an overseer of souls, eventually an overseer of churches, especially of a district, and conceived of by High-Churchmen as representing the apostles and deriving his powers by transmission from them.
A rank of a member of the clergy within certain types of christian religion that has spiritual and administrative authority.
In the Roman catholic church and other types of christian religion they have the rank of a bishop.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Bishop' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3414
Rank popularity for the word 'Bishop' in Nouns Frequency: #1108
The numerical value of Bishop in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Bishop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Bishop Felix's daring enough to speak the truth, be it about tribal affairs, political affairs, church affairs.
We're convinced that this appointment is not correct because, following canon law, a bishop must be well-regarded, we need a bishop who's credible.
This decision does lift a weight off my shoulders, because I would have felt bad if a punitive measure had been taken against bishop Talbert because of a celebration of our love.
Christ will remain a priest and king though He was never consecrated by any papist bishop or greased by any of those shavelings but he was ordained and consecrated by God Himself, and by Him anointed.
If the bishop is doing his job, the people have a certain security in their relationship to Christ. If we are all faithful, Christ himself will forgive our sins and heal our wounds. That is all that is possible, and that is more than enough.
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