What does Diocese mean?

Definitions for Diocese
ˈdaɪ ə sɪs, -ˌsiz, -ˌsisdio·cese

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diocese, bishopric, episcopatenoun

    the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop


  1. diocesenoun

    Administrative division of the later Roman Empire, starting with the Tetrarchy.

  2. diocesenoun

    Region administered by a bishop.

  3. Etymology: From dioecesis, from διοίκησις


  1. Diocese

    In church governance, a diocese or bishopric is the ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.


  1. diocese

    A diocese is a geographical administrative division within a Christian church, typically under the control and jurisdiction of a bishop. It represents a particular area where the bishop has the authority to govern the church affairs. It includes a group of local churches, parishes, ministries, and church-related institutions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diocesenoun

    the circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction; the district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical authority

  2. Etymology: [OE. diocise, OF. diocise, F. diocse, L. dioecesis, fr. Gr. housekeeping, administration, a province, a diocese, fr. to keep house, manage; dia` through + to manage a household, a house. See Economy.]


  1. Diocese

    A diocese is the district or see under the supervision of a Bishop. It is divided into Parishes. An archdiocese is more significant than a diocese. An archdiocese is presided over by an archbishop whose see may have or have had importance due to size or historical significance. The archbishop may have metropolitan authority over any other bishops and their dioceses within his Ecclesiastical Province. This structure of church governance is known as episcopal polity. A diocese also may be referred to as a bishopric or episcopal see, though strictly the term episcopal see refers to the domain of ecclesiastical authority officially held by the bishop, and the term bishopric to the post of being bishop.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diocese

    dī′ō-sēs, n. the circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction.—adj. Diocesan (dī-os′es-an, or dī′ō-sē-san), pertaining to a diocese.—n. a bishop as regards his diocese: one of the clergy in the diocese. [Through Fr. and L. from Gr. dioikēsis, dioikein, to keep house—di, for dia, sig. completeness, oikein, to manage a household—oikos, a house.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Diocese in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Diocese in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Diocese in a Sentence

  1. Bishop George Leo Thomas:

    The victims and survivors in our Diocese of Helena are believed and deeply respected.

  2. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey:

    Parents who pay and entrust the Wheeling-Charleston diocese and its schools to educate and care for their children deserve full transparency, our investigation reveals a serious need for the diocese to enact policy changes that will better protect children, just as this lawsuit demonstrates our resolve to pursue every avenue to effectuate change as no one is above the law.

  3. Anne Barrett Doyle from BishopAccountability.org:

    The pope should have suspended and investigated Barros, not given him another diocese to run.

  4. Baltimore Bishop William Lori:

    My primary concern is for the care and support of the priests and people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at this difficult time, i further pledge to conduct a thorough investigation in search of the truth into the troubling allegations against Bishop Bransfield and to work closely with the clergy, religious and lay leaders of the diocese until the appointment of a new bishop.

  5. Pat Svacina:

    The way the leases are written it is very difficult to cancel a lease that is in production, the Diocese always reviews the viability and desirability of renewing a lease at the conclusion of a current lease.

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