Bi'shop. n.s. [from episcopus, Lat. the Saxons formed bıꞅcop, which was afterwards softened into bishop.] One of the head order of the clergy.
A bishop is an overseer, or superintendant, of religious matters in the christian church. Ayliffe's Parergon.
You shall find him well accompany'd
With reverend fathers, and well learned bishops. Shakesp. Richard III.
Their zealous superstition thinks, or pretends, they cannot do God a greater service, than to destroy the primitive, apostolical, and anciently universal government of the church by bishops. K. Charles.
In case a bishop should commit treason and felony, and forfeit his estate, with his life, the lands of his bishoprick remain still in the church. South.
On the word bishop, in French evíque, I would observe, that there is no natural connexion between the sacred office and the letters or sound; for evíque, and bishop, signify the same office, though there is not one letter alike in them. Watt's Logick.