ecclesiastical

[ ih-klee-zee-as-ti-kuh l ]
/ ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪ kəl /

adjective

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

Nearby words

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

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 Formsecclesiastically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for ecclesiastical

ecclesiastical

adj.

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

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