ecclesiastical court

  1. a church court in ecclesiastical matters, presided over by members of the clergy and usually having no compulsory jurisdiction.

Origin of ecclesiastical court

First recorded in 1675–85

Words Nearby ecclesiastical court Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ecclesiastical court in a sentence

  • The local authorities at once took high ground, and put twelve of the recusants into the ecclesiastical court.

    East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
  • We in our country consider that your ecclesiastical court is a most remarkable institution for a Christian land.

    Piccadilly | Laurence Oliphant
  • "The ecclesiastical court is a court of discipline and doctrine rather than of law," said Dickiefield.

    Piccadilly | Laurence Oliphant
  • There was no ecclesiastical court and, therefore, no source of authority to which dissatisfied couples might turn.

  • It's quite a different thing to stand up before an ecclesiastical court and answer a string of questions about nebulous things.

    Lalage's Lovers | George A. Birmingham