Origin: oe. Diocise, OF. Diocise, f. Diocese, L. Dioecesis, fr. Gr. Housekeeping, administration, a province, a diocese, fr. To keep house, manage; through – to manage a household, a house. See economy.
The circuit or extent of a bishops jurisdiction; the district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical authority. Frequently, but improperly, spelt diocess.