of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
Origin of ecclesiastical
late Middle EnglishRelated 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
word dating back to 1375–1425;
see origin at Ecclesiastes
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Examples from the Web for ecclesiastically
Historical Examples of ecclesiastically
In England, Episcopacy is an engine by which the people are ecclesiastically governed.
Europe is in a critical state, politically, ecclesiastically, socially.
Politically and ecclesiastically, it was a period of excitement.
Yes-so we were taught; and there was a great deal to be said, ecclesiastically, for the teaching.
Monk Coniston was, and still is ecclesiastically, in the parish of Hawkshead.
British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastically
Derived Formsecclesiastically, adverb
of or relating to the Christian Church
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