A diocese the area over that the jurisdiction of a bishop extends
- the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
- A diocese; the area over which the jurisdiction of a bishop runs.
- any office of a spiritual overseer, since an apostle, bishop, or presbyter.
In ecclesiastical legislation. The diocese of a bishop, or the circuit by which he's jurisdiction; any office of a bishop. 1 Bl. Comm. 377-382.
Old English bisceoprice "diocese, province of a bishop," from bishop + rice "realm, dominion, province" (see regal).
(n.) A diocese; the district over which the jurisdiction of a bishop extends.
- (n.) The office of a spiritual overseer, as of an apostle, bishop, or presbyter.
In March of the following year he accepted the deanery of Westminster, and in October the bishopric of Oxford.