Definition of "suffragan" [suf•fra•gan]

  • (noun) A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions.
  • (noun) A bishop regarded in position as subordinate to an archbishop or a metropolitan.
  • (adjective) Of, being, or relating to a suffragan.

Use "suffragan" in a sentence

  • "The bishops in the province are called suffragan bishops, because subject in some things to the authority of the archbishop, who is also called the metropolitan, because bishop of a metropolis or chief city of the province over which he presides."
  • "Occasionally there have been two assistants of the vicar, to one of whom were committed all matters of jurisdiction, to the other the pontificalia and ordinations; the latter was known as suffragan of the vicar."
  • "Finally, and this may help Mother Glasspool but I doubt it, she has been elected a bishop suffragan, which is basically an "assistant bishop," whereas Bishop Robinson was elected the bishop of his diocese."

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