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Suffragan(e, -gene, n. [ME and e.m.E. suffragan (Wyclif), suffragane (Cath. Angl.), OF suffragan (OED), eccl. L. suffrāgāneus, f. L. suffrāgārī.] a. A bishop, in his capacity as subordinate to an archbishop or metropolitan. b. An assistant or subsidiary bishop. Also attrib. = Suffragant n. c. In fig. context: Assistant; deputy. —a. c1420 Wynt. vii 1750.
And he [sc. the Archbishop of York], as Metropolitane, Suld hawe oure byschapys evyrilkane Off oure kynryk off Scotland, As wes hys suffraganys in Ingland
b. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4856.
Geue presentlye thare prelatis can nocht preche, Than latt ilke byschope haif ane suffragane, Or successour, quhilk can the peple teche
attrib. 1687 Lauder Notices Affairs II 786.
Ther ware 18 ministers of them, beside the Bischop of Galloway Suffragan
c. c1500-c1512 Dunb. (STS) xlviii 173.
Haill, naturis suffragene, In bewty, nurtour and every nobilnes
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (STS) lxxxv 67.
Oratrice, mediatrice, salvatrice, To God gret suffragane

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