Building Your Vocabulary One Word at a Time
au to ceph a lous (ot toe ‘sef eh less) adj., being independent of external, and especially patriarchal authority.
Used especially of Eastern National Churches
I suppose you could use it to describe anyone who rejects papal, or patriotic authority. I could, for example, describe myself as an autocephalous iconoclast. In fact, that’s what it says on my resume. I figure, why settle for a simple crack-pot, or a common lunatic, when you can have an autocephalous iconoclast for the same money?