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[ih-klee-zee-as-ti-kuh l] /ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪ kəl/
of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
Origin of ecclesiastical
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ecclesiastically
Historical Examples
  • In England, Episcopacy is an engine by which the people are ecclesiastically governed.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • Europe is in a critical state, politically, ecclesiastically, socially.

    Studies of Christianity James Martineau
  • Politically and ecclesiastically, it was a period of excitement.

    Hugh Miller William Keith Leask
  • Yes-so we were taught; and there was a great deal to be said, ecclesiastically, for the teaching.

    Seeing and Hearing George W. E. Russell
  • Monk Coniston was, and still is ecclesiastically, in the parish of Hawkshead.

    The Book of Coniston William Gershom Collingwood
  • Neither p. 234father nor daughter was ecclesiastically inclined.

  • Although Mexico and the Philippines are geographically far apart, yet ecclesiastically one depended on the other.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • The catalogue was tastefully and ecclesiastically printed in antique characters with illuminated Gothic initials.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • Of this parish, ecclesiastically annexed to High Toynton, little can be said.

    A History of Horncastle James Conway Walter
  • The colony is ecclesiastically attached to the bishopric of Newfoundland.

British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastically


of or relating to the Christian Church
Derived Forms
ecclesiastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ecclesiastically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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