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ecclesiastical

[ ih-klee-zee-as-ti-kuhl ]
/ ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪ kəl /
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adjective

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

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Origin of ecclesiastical

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at Ecclesiastes, -ical

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British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastical

ecclesiastical
/ (ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪkəl) /

adjective

of or relating to the Christian Church

Derived forms of ecclesiastical

ecclesiastically, adverb
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