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ecclesiastical

[ih-klee-zee-as-ti-kuh l]
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  1. of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.

Origin of ecclesiastical

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at Ecclesiastes, -ical
Related formsec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal, adjectivean·ti·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal, adjectivein·ter·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal, adjectivenon·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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ecclesiastical

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Christian Church
Derived Formsecclesiastically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ecclesiastical

adj.

early 15c., from ecclesiastic + -al (1). Related: Ecclesiastically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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