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nounplural noun dioceses

  • A district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church.

    ‘Nothing has been said about what would become of parishes, clergy, or dioceses in a church which walks apart.’
    • ‘That's one reason that there has been a spontaneous burst of energy in dioceses whose bishops are retiring.’
    • ‘Two parish priests in the dioceses of Lincoln and Southwark even provided dates for the ceremonies, which they agreed could take place in their own churches.’
    • ‘Seven dioceses and eparchies, which are dioceses of the Eastern Catholic Churches, were not in compliance by year's end.’
    • ‘Indeed, dioceses, parishes, and individuals should be more free to follow their consciences.’
    • ‘Parishes and dioceses have been asked to study the issues involved and to listen respectfully to the views of others.’
    • ‘Detroit was one of the first dioceses to close parishes on a large scale.’
    • ‘The organizational structure of parishes and dioceses is not a divine formula.’
    • ‘The bishop of my own diocese acknowledged as much in his pastoral letter on the subject.’
    • ‘A large version of the candle will be lit in every church in the diocese at Christmas.’
    • ‘It is located in the diocese of Lucknow, one of 27 dioceses in the Church of North India.’
    • ‘Two or three of the metropolitan dioceses offer welcomed exceptions to this general rule.’
    • ‘Critics of the plans claimed the bishop should have shut other churches in the diocese if he wanted to save money.’
    • ‘As in many other dioceses, there is no structured prison ministry at the diocesan level.’
    • ‘Bishops' activities were confined to their own dioceses and monasteries exempted from episcopal interference.’
    • ‘Rather than dump him out of the priesthood, as happened in other dioceses, Dublin diocese decided to help him responsibly manage his life.’
    • ‘A number of Church of England dioceses have organised peace vigils to coincide with the demonstration.’
    • ‘Mr Fielding is director of education in the diocese of Grahamstown and archdeacon of Albany.’
    • ‘He had been due to appear before the Consistory Court of the diocese of Ripon and Leeds, opening in Leeds on Monday.’
    • ‘Secondly, the pope was head of all the bishops of the Western dioceses, including those of Africa, with regard to questions of discipline and faith.’
    bishopric, see, parish
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/ˈdīəˌsēz/ /ˈdaɪəˌsiz/ /ˈdīəsəs/ /ˈdaɪəsəs/


Middle English from Old French diocise, from late Latin diocesis, from Latin dioecesis ‘governor's jurisdiction, diocese’, from Greek dioikēsis ‘administration, diocese’, from dioikein ‘keep house, administer’.