Diocese

Di"o*cese

(?), n.;
pl. Dioceses (#).
[OE. diocise, OF. diocise, F. diocse, L. dioecesis, fr. Gr. housekeeping, administration, a province, a diocese, fr. to keep house, manage; dia` through + to manage a household, a house. See Economy.] (Eccl.) The circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction; the district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical authority.
[Frequently, but improperly, spelt diocess.]

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