- of, pertaining to, appropriate for, or assigned to an office clerk or clerks: a clerical job.
- doing the work of a clerk or clerks: a clerical assistant; a clerical staff.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy or a member of the clergy: clerical garb.
- advocating the power or influence of the clergy in politics, government, etc.: a clerical party.
- a cleric.
- clericals, Informal. clerical garments.
- a person or a party advocating the power or influence of the church in politics, government, etc.
- a person who does clerical work; office worker; clerk.
- Also called clerical error. a minor error, as in the keeping of records, the transcribing of documents, or the handling of correspondence.
Origin of clerical
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Examples from the Web for clericals
The real desire of the Clericals was an alteration of the school The Clericals.
Blanco was recalled, and Poliavieja, a sworn friend of the clericals, was sent out.An Eagle Flight
On her grave he had vowed eternal hostility to the nobles and the clericals.The Countess of Charny
Alexandre Dumas (pere)
Throughout, the Monarchists and the Clericals work together or are identical.A History of the Third French Republic
C. H. C. Wright
Like Bismarck, he in turn fought and conciliated the Clericals.German Problems and Personalities
- the distinctive dress of a member of the clergy
- relating to or associated with the clergyclerical dress
- of or relating to office clerks or their worka clerical error
- supporting or advocating clericalism
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Word Origin and History for clericals
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