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diaconate (plural diaconates)

  1. The rank of a deacon.
  2. Deacons considered as a group.
  3. A body or board of deacons.
  4. The period of office of a deacon.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.