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ecclesiastical

[ih-klee-zee-as-ti-kuh l] /ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
Origin of ecclesiastical
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at Ecclesiastes, -ical
Related forms
ecclesiastically, adverb
antiecclesiastical, adjective
antiecclesiastically, adverb
interecclesiastical, adjective
interecclesiastically, adverb
nonecclesiastical, adjective
nonecclesiastically, adverb
unecclesiastically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for ecclesiastical
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  • The financial as well as this ecclesiastical question was a problem.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The great mace used by his ecclesiastical ancestor he unhooked from the wall.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • What place is there then for intersectarian or ecclesiastical arrogance?

  • Let us now pass to the ecclesiastical policy of Zeno's reign.

    The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI

    Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
  • Fine thing to be minutely acquainted with ecclesiastical history!

  • There are no punishments by law for disobedience of an ecclesiastical court.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • “You have heartened me more than you know,” said Mr. Mix, with ecclesiastical soberness.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastical

ecclesiastical

/ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Christian Church
Derived Forms
ecclesiastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ecclesiastical
adj.

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

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