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[duh-min-i-kuh l] /dəˈmɪn ɪ kəl/
of or relating to Jesus Christ as Lord.
of or relating to the Lord's Day, or Sunday.
Origin of dominical
1530-40; < Late Latin dominicālis, equivalent to Latin dominic(us) of a lord or the Lord (dominus lord, Lord + -icus -ic) + -ālis -al1
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undominical, adjective Unabridged
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  • The stream has its dominical repose; not a barge up stream, downstream.

    The Book of Masks Remy de Gourmont
  • This, as has already been explained, is the dominical or solar cycle.

    Our Calendar George Nichols Packer
  • The letter that represents Sunday is called the dominical or Sunday letter.

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  • In answer to the question, “Why two dominical letters for leap-year?”

    Our Calendar George Nichols Packer
  • For example, required the dominical letter of the year 1839?

  • He prohibited using markets on dominical days; and for this he professed to have a special command from heaven.

  • Whenever the intercalation is made there must necessarily be a change in the dominical letter.

    Our Calendar George Nichols Packer
  • By this rule the dominical letter is found from the commencement of the era to October 5th, 1582.

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  • On reaching home, I turned to the Chronology of history: the dominical letter was just what I wished it to be!

  • But for all Cromwell's nose wears the dominical letter, compared to Manchester he is but like the vigils to an holy-day.

British Dictionary definitions for dominical


of, relating to, or emanating from Jesus Christ as Lord
of or relating to Sunday as the Lord's Day
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dominicālis, from Latin dominus lord
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