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exarch

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exarch

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  1. In the Byzantine Empire, a governor of a distant province.
  2. In the Eastern Christian Churches, the deputy of a patriarch, or a bishop who holds authority over other bishops without being a patriarch.
  3. In these same churches, a bishop appointed over a group of the faithful not yet large enough or organized enough to constitute an eparchy or diocese.

Derived terms

  • exarchal
  • exarchate
  • exarchy

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