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Definition of Bishop


  1. A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director.
  2. 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.
  3. In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents.
  4. A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer.
  5. A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar.
  6. An old name for a woman's bustle.
  7. To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
  8. To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth.

Bishop Quotations

A woman of faith is blessed by faithful men in her life who hold the priesthood of God and honor this privilege: her father, bishop, husband, brothers, sons. They value her and the divine gifts given by God to His daughter. They sustain and encourage, and they understand the great mission of her life as a woman. They love her; they bless her.
Margaret D. Nadauld

You must all follow the lead of the bishop, as Jesus Christ followed that of the Father; follow the presbytery as you would the Apostles; reverence the deacons as you would God's commandment.
Ignatius of Antioch

Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard.
Pope John Paul II

Wherever the bishop appears, there let the people be, even as wheresoever Christ Jesus is, there is the catholic church.
Ignatius of Antioch

For me, it's a great joy to be together with priests: in the end, the bishop of Rome is the bishop and brother of all priests. His mandate is to confirm the brothers in the faith.
Pope Benedict XVI
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Bishop Translations

bishop in Afrikaans is biskop
bishop in Danish is biskop
bishop in Dutch is bisschop
bishop in German is Bischof
bishop in Latin is episcopus
bishop in Spanish is obispo
bishop in Swedish is biskop
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