Definitions for exarchˈɛk sɑrk
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(in the Eastern Church) a patriarch's deputy. a bishop ranking below a patriarch and above a metropolitan.
a Byzantine viceroy.
Category: Western History
Origin of exarch:
1580–90; < LL exarchus superintendent < Gk éxarchos overseer, leader
(of a xylem or root) maturing from the outside inward; having the youngest cells closest to the core.
Origin of exarch:
1890–95; ex -2+ Gk archḗ beginning
a bishop in one of several Eastern Orthodox Churches in North America
a bishop in eastern Christendom who holds a place below a patriarch but above a metropolitan
a viceroy who governed a large province in the Roman Empire
In the Byzantine Empire, a governor of a distant province.
In the Eastern Christian Churches, the deputy of a patriarch, or a bishop who holds authority over other bishops without being a patriarch.
In these same churches, a bishop appointed over a group of the faithful not yet large enough or organized enough to constitute an eparchy or diocese.
Origin: Borrowed from Church exarchus.
a viceroy; in Ravenna, the title of the viceroys of the Byzantine emperors; in the Eastern Church, the superior over several monasteries; in the modern Greek Church, a deputy of the patriarch , who visits the clergy, investigates ecclesiastical cases, etc
In the Byzantine Empire, an exarch was governor with extended authority of a province at some remove from the capital Constantinople. The prevailing situation frequently involved him in military operations. In the Eastern Christian Churches, the term exarch has two distinct uses: the deputy of a patriarch, or a bishop who holds authority over other bishops without being a patriarch; or, a bishop appointed over a group of the faithful not yet large enough or organized enough to be constituted an eparchy/diocese.
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