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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.

    Etymology: From dioecesis, from διοίκησις

  2. diocesenoun

    Region administered by a bishop.

    Etymology: From dioecesis, from διοίκησις

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diocesenoun

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

    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. Juan Carlos Cruz:

    I would like those bishops to get fired. Not to be taken to a golden retreat, not to be given another job, like the Vatican library. If they covered up abuse they don't deserve to be working as a bishop and running a diocese.

  2. Bishop George Leo Thomas:

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

  3. Bishop Nelson Perez:

    Please know that we stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement in this matter. I am deeply committed, as the shepherd of our diocese, to the safety and well-being of our children, today's indictment reflect the serious and elaborate nature of the acts allegedly taken by the defendant to traffic and exploit local area children.

  4. The Diocese:

    We give thanks for his life and ministry in this diocese.

  5. 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.

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