1 (esp. of an Eastern church) appointing its own head.
2 (of a bishop, church, etc.) independent.
Etymology: Gk autokephalos (as AUTO-, kephale head)

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  • autocephalous church — ▪ Eastern Orthodoxy       in the modern usage of Eastern Orthodox canon law, church that enjoys total canonical and administrative independence and elects its own primates and bishops. The term autocephalous was used in medieval Byzantine law in… …   Universalium

  • autocephalous — adjective Etymology: Late Greek autokephalos, from Greek aut + kephalē head more at cephalic Date: 1863 being independent of external and especially patriarchal authority used especially of Eastern national churches • autocephaly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • autocephalous — /aw teuh sef euh leuhs/, adj. Eastern Ch. 1. (of a church) having its own head or chief bishop, though in communion with other Orthodox churches. 2. (of a bishop) subordinate to no superior authority; self governing. [1860 65; < LGk autoképhalos… …   Universalium

  • autocephalous — adjective /ɔːtə(ʊ)ˈsɛfələs/ Self governing or autonomous: independent of other episcopal jurisdiction. See Also: autocephaly, autocephalic …   Wiktionary

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  • autocephalous — [ˌɔ:tə(ʊ) sɛf(ə)ləs, kɛf ] adjective (of an Eastern Christian Church) appointing its own head, not subject to the authority of an external patriarch or archbishop. Origin C19: from Gk autokephalos (from autos self + kephalē head ) + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • Autocephalous — ♦ Self headed, autonomous. Used to describe a branch of the Orthodox Church (e.g., the Serbian Church) that could, while remaining in communion with Constantinople, elect its own bishop and administer itself; such a Church, however, did not have… …   Medieval glossary

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