Definition of bishopric in English:



  • 1The office or rank of a bishop.

    • ‘I ask whether he misses the palace and the politicking that went with his bishopric and he replies: ‘Oh no.’’
    • ‘He was appointed bishop of Worcester in 1535, but resigned his bishopric and was kept in custody for a year because he could not support the Act of the Six Articles, 1539.’
    • ‘In the Church of England as it currently is, Canon Robinson couldn't have been a candidate for the bishopric.’
    • ‘Perhaps a rule could be made that would preclude immediate election to a bishopric from a curial position.’
    • ‘The Domenican prelate had reluctantly accepted the papal tiara in 1724, leaving with great regret his bishopric in Benevento.’
    • ‘In 1550 the bishopric of Gloucester fell vacant and Hooper seemed an ideal candidate.’
    • ‘Arminians as well as Calvinists got bishoprics, for the King's priority was an effective bench of bishops rather than conformity to one theology.’
    • ‘By the end of October, he was sacked from his bishopric in Winchester and as Abbot of St Albans.’
    • ‘It appointed loyal servants of the state to the bishoprics of Cologne and Trier and established a new university at Bonn, with a Protestant theological faculty.’
    • ‘At one stage in the early 17th century, by about 1615 when there's a convocation, there are six or seven bishoprics held by Scots bishops in Ireland in the Church of Ireland, in the established church.’
    • ‘A little later Palladius himself was appointed to a bishopric, and sent to Ireland to minister to - and possibly ransom - enslaved Christian Britons abducted by Irish raiders.’
    • ‘The vast majority of nobles could not enter the Estates, because the king only appointed illustrious families to bishoprics, and baronies were extremely expensive family property.’
    • ‘So when he sought to move from his radical nest to try for the archbishopric of Melbourne, the Anglican establishment blocked him - and he was obliged to be content with a bishopric.’
    • ‘During the period of exile, five bishoprics had become vacant and could not be filled in a manner which would be acknowledged as valid under canon law.’
    • ‘A key figure here was the unscrupulous careerist Henri Costerius, a protonotary apostolic eager for a bishopric, who as a Borghese client, had powerful friends in Rome.’
    • ‘Some U.S. Lutherans oppose traditional Anglican views of ordinations and bishoprics.’
    • ‘The Church kept control of the trials of criminous clerks, and appeals to Rome continued unabated, but the king retained his influence over elections to abbacies and bishoprics, and continued to receive their revenues during vacancies.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the distribution and control of offices, such as countships, abbacies, and bishoprics rather than the royal treasury became the main foci of the political rivalries and conflicts of the ninth and tenth centuries.’
    • ‘And, if a Bishop or two were removed or at least publicly chastised by Rome or something, it would put those in line for the bishopric on some kind of notice that taking moral stands is part of the job description.’
    • ‘In the Church, nobles occupied all bishoprics and all the choicest abbacies and canonries, and under Louis XVI it became a matter of policy that they should.’
    1. 1.1 A district under a bishop's control; a diocese.
      • ‘Sweden gained West Pomerania, Wismar, Stettin, Mecklenburg; the bishoprics of Verden and Bremen which gave her control over the estuaries of the Elbe and Weser.’
      • ‘Trade brought about a rapid expansion of towns and villages and bishoprics were founded at Pozna, Cracow, Wrocaw, Koobrzeg, with the archbishopric at Gniezno.’
      • ‘Out of one hundred bishoprics in the duchies of Spoleto and Benevento, hardly ten survived in 700, but all these dioceses were certainly very small, centred on little towns, and were mostly in hill country.’
      • ‘By the 15th century there are ample records of a thriving and developing musical life in Poland, not only in monasteries and bishoprics but also in the aristocratic courts.’
      • ‘The large ‘empires,’ like the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., where I live, should be broken up into clusters of smaller bishoprics, under an archbishop where appropriate.’
      • ‘Chester was one of the seats of the Mercian bishops, though the bishopric was variously styled as Chester, Coventry, or Coventry and Lichfield.’
      • ‘Sweden acquired West Pomerania including Stettin and the Oder Estuary, Wismar in Mecklenburg and the bishoprics of Bremen and Verdun.’
      • ‘It is clear that there were established bishoprics in the four provinces of the Constantinian period, and ecclesiastics attended international church conferences.’
      • ‘And it was in York that he established a bishopric (only later to be England's second archbishopric), probably because that had been the centre of the old Romano-British diocese.’
      • ‘The Anglican Catholic Church now includes 15 dioceses in the Americas, the United Kingdom and Australia, plus a bishopric in New Zealand, and deaneries in Spain and South America.’
      • ‘As well as a variety of service activities, Pavia also included dwellings to accommodate the representatives of the various bishoprics and monasteries during convocations of the kingdom's assemblies and synods.’
      • ‘Though the modern bishopric was not carved out of the York diocese until 1836, Ripon's early ecclesiastical history is inextricably associated with Wilfrid.’
      • ‘Any road to Austria would have to cross the Rhön mountains and a myriad of tiny margravates and bishoprics, then continue through the Bavarian forests until it reached the border.’
      • ‘In the 1990s, a number of bishoprics in Germany, Luxembourg and France began to support his beatification by the Roman Catholic Church.’
      • ‘In the Neapolitan and Sicilian provinces, parishes were scattered, bishoprics penniless, and priests insubordinate: more than half the ecclesiastics convicted of felonies in 1874 served the cross in the Mezzogiorno.’
      • ‘Of course, Tyringham did receive a number of visits a year from the ministry of the Shaker bishopric to which it belonged.’
      • ‘Niderviller was situated in Metz, one of three bishoprics that had special fiscal status.’
      • ‘Manning began the attack on Russell, calling on all the churches in his bishopric to rouse their parishioners in opposition.’
      • ‘The Liberal government sought to suppress some of the bishoprics of the Church of Ireland to divert the money derived from these sees elsewhere.’
      • ‘In 1100 he enjoyed the revenues of three bishoprics and 12 abbeys.’
      diocese, see
      episcopate, episcopacy, primacy
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Old English bisceoprīce, from bisceop (see bishop) + rīce ‘realm’.