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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).
Etymology: From bishop, from biscop, from *, from episcopus, from ἐπίσκοπος, from ἐπί + σκοπέω. Cognate with biskop, bisschop, Bischof, biskop, biskop, biskup,.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
One of the head order of the clergy.
Etymology: from episcopus, Lat. the Saxons formed biscop, which was afterwards softened into bishop.
A bishop is an overseer, or superintendant, of religious matters in the christian church. John Ayliffe, Parergon.
You shall find him well accompany’d
With reverend fathers, and well learned bishops. William Shakespeare, Richard III.
Their zealous superstition thinks, or pretends, they cannot do God a greater service, than to destroy the primitive, apostolical, and anciently universal government of the church by bishops. Charles I .
In case a bishop should commit treason and felony, and forfeit his estate, with his life, the lands of his bishoprick remain still in the church. South.
On the word bishop, in French evêque, I would observe, that there is no natural connexion between the sacred office and the letters or sound; for evêque, and bishop, signify the same office, though there is not one letter alike in them. Isaac Watts, Logick.
A cant word for a mixture of wine, oranges, and sugar.
Well roasted, with sugar and wine in a cup,
They’ll make a sweet bishop, when gentle folks sup. Jonathan Swift.
To confirm; to admit solemnly into the church.
Etymology: from the noun.
They are prophane, imperfect, oh! too bad,
Except confirm’d and bishoped by thee. John Donne.
A bishop is an ordained, consecrated, or appointed member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Moravian, Anglican, Old Catholic and Independent Catholic churches, as well as 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. A person ordained as a deacon, priest, and then bishop is understood to hold the fullness of the (ministerial) priesthood, given responsibility by Christ to govern, teach, and sanctify the Body of Christ. Priests, deacons and lay ministers co-operate and assist their bishops in pastoral ministry.
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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A name of the great northern diver (Colymbus glacialis).
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bishop is ranked #262 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Bishop surname appeared 116,618 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 40 would have the surname Bishop.
84.4% or 98,472 total occurrences were White.
10.1% or 11,825 total occurrences were Black.
2.3% or 2,764 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.8% or 2,169 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.6% or 711 total occurrences were Asian.
0.5% or 665 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
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
Examples of bishop in a Sentence
We can now observe that Winstrup's mummy is one of the best-preserved bodies from Europe in the 1600s, with an information potential well in line with that offered by Otzi the ice man or Egyptian mummies. Bishop Winstrup remains constitute a unique archive of medical history on the living conditions and health of people living in the 1600s.
The first criterion is genuine independence, any mechanism for addressing any complaint against a bishop must be free from bias or undue influence by a bishop. Our structures must preclude bishops from deterring complaints against them, from hampering their investigation, or from skewing their resolution.
It's implausible because I was an auxiliary bishop and I had no access to money or - no access to significant resources, it's implausible because, of course, the attempt to bribe someone is criminal.
Yes, my brothers and sisters, shame, i wish I could re-do everything over these 30 years as a bishop and each time get it always right. That's not the case. I do think together, asking for God's mercy, pleading for God's grace, recognizing that we can move into light, I simply ask you to keep me, keep all of those that have been abused, all of those who have suffered, all of the church in your prayers.
We will absolutely see more of Jake in the future, i'm really enjoying what that relationship is for Ellie Bishop. The fact that Ellie Bishop is married, Ellie Bishop is content in that relationship, and there is consistency in Ellie Bishop world means a lot. And I know it means a lot in the real NCIS world because many of them are happily married.
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