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Princeton's WordNet

  1. archdeaconnoun

    (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop


  1. archdeaconnoun

    In the Anglican and Eastern Orthodox systems, a senior administrative official in a diocese, just under the bishop, often in charge of an archdeaconry. As a title, it can be filled by either a deacon or priest.

  2. Etymology: arch- + deacon

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Archdeaconnoun

    One that supplies the bishop’s place and office in such matters as do belong to the episcopal function. The law stiles him the bishop’s vicar, or vicegerent. John Ayliffe Parergon.

    Etymology: archidiaconus, Lat.

    Lest negligence might foist in abuses, an archdeacon was appointed to take account of their doings. Richard Carew, Surv. of Irel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Archdeaconnoun

    in England, an ecclesiastical dignitary, next in rank below a bishop, whom he assists, and by whom he is appointed, though with independent authority

  2. Etymology: [AS. arcediacon, archidiacon, L. archidiaconus, fr. Gr. . See Arch-, pref., and Deacon.]


  1. Archdeacon

    An archdeacon is a senior clergy position in Anglicanism, Chaldean Catholic, Syrian Malabar Nasrani, and some other Christian denominations, above that of most clergy and below a bishop. In the High Middle Ages it was the most senior diocesan position below a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. An archdeacon is often responsible for administration within an archdeaconry, which is the principal subdivision of the diocese. "A cleric having a defined administrative authority delegated to him by the bishop in the whole or part of the diocese."—The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. The office has often been described metaphorically as that of oculus episcopi, the bishop's eye.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Archdeacon

    ärch-dē′kn, n. 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.—adj. Archidīac′onal.—n. Archidīac′onate. [Arch, chief, and Deacon.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Archdeacon in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Archdeacon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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