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archdeacon


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Archdeacon  \Arch`dea"con\,  n.  [AS.  arcediacon  archidiacon,  L. 
  archidiaconus  fr  Gr  ?.  See  {Arch-},  pref.,  and  {Deacon}.] 
  In  England,  an  ecclesiastical  dignitary,  next  in  rank  below  a 
  bishop,  whom  he  assists,  and  by  whom  he  is  appointed,  though 
  with  independent  authority.  --Blackstone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  archdeacon 
  n  :  (Anglican  Church)  an  ecclesiastical  dignitary  usually 
  ranking  just  below  a  bishop 




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