[ih-klee-zee-as-ti-kuh l]


of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.

Origin of ecclesiastical

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at Ecclesiastes, -ical
Related formsec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal, adjectivean·ti·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal, adjectivein·ter·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal, adjectivenon·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or relating to the Christian Church
Derived Formsecclesiastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ecclesiastical

early 15c., from ecclesiastic + -al (1). Related: Ecclesiastically.

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