- a member of the clergy or other person in religious orders.
- a member of the ecclesia in ancient Athens.
Origin of ecclesiastic
Examples from the Web for ecclesiastic
Is it your intention to condemn my son to be an ecclesiastic?The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
He is a diplomatist, an ecclesiastic, an embodiment of all that is severe and archaic in authority.Italy, the Magic Land
That painted window's said to be the oldest of any, not ecclesiastic, in Europe.Nell, of Shorne Mills
My reputation then was blasted by the industry of this ecclesiastic.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
By the side of this ecclesiastic, his Wolsley is, so to speak, nowhere.
- a clergyman or other person in holy orders
- of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy
Word Origin and History for ecclesiastic
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.)).