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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Episcopacy  \E*pis"co*pa*cy\,  n.  [See  {Episcopate}.] 
  Government  of  the  church  by  bishops;  church  government  by 
  three  distinct  orders  of  ministers  --  bishops,  priests,  and 
  deacons  --  of  whom  the  bishops  have  an  authority  superior  and 
  of  a  different  kind