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  1. of or appropriate for the church or a church; ecclesiastical: churchly vestments.
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Origin of churchly

before 900; Old English ciriclīc, equivalent to cirice church + -līc -ly
Related formschurch·li·ness, nounun·church·ly, adjective
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  • The tone of the whole work is fervent, elevated, and churchly.

    Music in the History of the Western Church

    Edward Dickinson

  • It filled the churchly heart with anguish and bitter disappointment.

    Day and Night Stories

    Algernon Blackwood

  • But dogma is not yet technical for what is Christian or churchly.

  • That he grew to perceive the childishness of churchly dogma, we know.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • And Cally Heth stood alone in the more than churchly stillness.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for churchly


  1. appropriate to, associated with, or suggestive of church life and customs
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Derived Formschurchliness, noun
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