- of, pertaining to, appropriate for, or assigned to an office clerk or clerks: a clerical job.
- doing the work of a clerk or clerks: a clerical assistant; a clerical staff.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy or a member of the clergy: clerical garb.
- advocating the power or influence of the clergy in politics, government, etc.: a clerical party.
- a cleric.
- clericals, Informal. clerical garments.
- a person or a party advocating the power or influence of the church in politics, government, etc.
- a person who does clerical work; office worker; clerk.
- Also called clerical error. a minor error, as in the keeping of records, the transcribing of documents, or the handling of correspondence.
Origin of clerical
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Examples from the Web for clerical
Padre Goyo, with his clerical collar and his bulletproof vest, is an icon for those fighting drugs and corruption.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
November 18, 2014
They are meant to show that the Church has adopted a new line of transparency on clerical sex abuse.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
There are emails so recent, they call into question just how much of the clerical abuse is still going on.
Instead, Clohessy accuses Cardinal George and dozens of his clerical colleagues of opting to put their own reputations first.
But some reflects the impact of the ever more powerful Clerical regime, whose expansive regulatory power undermines small firms.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
This General Conference was strictly a clerical organization.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
She had never seen him in his clerical dress, so she could not have recognised him yet.The Missionary
It is true that his practical experience of his clerical life was very slender.Great Astronomers
R. S. Ball
"You see, they want to get married," said the man with the clerical hat.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
"Our clerical friend does not realize the importance of his own point," he said softly.The Crooked House
- relating to or associated with the clergyclerical dress
- of or relating to office clerks or their worka clerical error
- supporting or advocating clericalism
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Word Origin and History for clerical
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