ecclesiastic

[ih-klee-zee-as-tik]

noun

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

adjective


Nearby words

  1. eccles.,
  2. ecclesia,
  3. ecclesial,
  4. ecclesiarch,
  5. ecclesiastes,
  6. ecclesiastical,
  7. ecclesiastical calendar,
  8. ecclesiastical commissioners,
  9. ecclesiastical court,
  10. ecclesiastical society

Origin of ecclesiastic

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

Related formsan·ti·ec·cle·si·as·tic, noun, adjectivenon·ec·cle·si·as·tic, adjective, nounun·ec·cle·si·as·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastic

ecclesiastic

noun

a clergyman or other person in holy orders

adjective

of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy
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Word Origin and History for ecclesiastic

ecclesiastic

adj.

late 15c., from Middle French ecclésiastique and directly from Late Latin ecclesiasticus, from Greek ekklesiastikos "of the (ancient Athenian) assembly," later, "of the church," from ekklesiastes "speaker in an assembly or church, preacher," from ekkalein "to call out," from ek "out" (see ex-) + kalein "to call" (see claim (v.)).

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