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View synonyms for ecclesiastic

ecclesiastic

[ ih-klee-zee-as-tik ]

noun

  1. a member of the clergy or other person in religious orders.
  2. a member of the ecclesia in ancient Athens.


adjective

ecclesiastic

/ ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk /

noun

  1. a clergyman or other person in holy orders


adjective

  1. of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy
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Other Words From

  • anti·ec·clesi·astic noun adjective
  • nonec·clesi·astic adjective noun
  • unec·clesi·astic adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of ecclesiastic1

1475–85; < Late Latin ecclēsiasticus < Greek ekklēsiastikós. See Ecclesiastes, -ic
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Example Sentences

Giovanni Francesca Abela, a historian and ecclesiastic of Malta, died.

Francis Xavier Talbot died; a French ecclesiastic, and author of some poems.

But only a cloistered ecclesiastic can be held responsible for such military procedure.

The Italian ecclesiastic Gavazzi, lectured at Quebec, and gave rise to a riot.

Adam de St. Victoire, a French ecclesiastic and writer, died.

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Ecclesiastesecclesiastical