Origin of clerical
Examples from the Web for clericals
The military President who assumed power in 1876 was too radical to suit the clericals and too clerical to suit the radicals.The Hispanic Nations of the New World|William R. Shepherd
Hans read an article against the priestly party or clericals, and the piece was severely radical.
The Clericals got their wish outright—property and professional rights were recognized generously.The Spell of Belgium|Isabel Anderson
The death of this infamous Gaudry, just though it was, will unchain against our city the fury of the clericals.
The clericals proposed that under the new law all associations, religious as well as civil, should be free.
British Dictionary definitions for clericals (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for clericals (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for clericals
1590s, "pertaining to the clergy," from cleric + -al (1), or from French clérical, from Old French clerigal "learned," from Latin clericalis, from clericus (see cleric). Meaning "pertaining to clerks" is from 1798.