- of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
Origin of ecclesiastical
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Literary history aside (or be damned), these anti-establishment, anti-ecclesiastical fabliaux are pure, unadulterated fun.Read This and Blush: Naughty Medieval French Tales
June 13, 2013
Wolsey fell when Campeggio was recalled, and his fall involved the triumph of the anti-ecclesiastical party in England.
This, like the rest of Henry's anti-ecclesiastical legislation, was based on popular clamour.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
The church was training the nations by means of the Bible, and now it is the Bible which stirs the anti-ecclesiastical movements.The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation
Ernst Von Dobschutz
- of or relating to the Christian Church
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Word Origin and History for anti-ecclesiastical
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