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[ih-klee-zee-as-tuh-siz-uh m]
  1. ecclesiastical principles, practices, or spirit.
  2. devotion, especially excessive devotion, to the principles or interests of the church.
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Origin of ecclesiasticism

First recorded in 1860–65; ecclesiastic + -ism
Related formsan·ti·ec·cle·si·as·ti·cism, noun
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Examples from the Web for ecclesiasticism

Historical Examples

  • Ecclesiasticism and commercialism, antagonism between, 134-136.

    A Century of Science and Other Essays

    John Fiske

  • Philosophy was the "handmaid" of theology and ecclesiasticism.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • Yet Christianity too, in spite of ecclesiasticism, teems with ideas.

    At Large

    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • The University became a centre of politics and ecclesiasticism.

  • In this it offered a counterpart to the prophecies of ecclesiasticism.

British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiasticism


  1. exaggerated attachment to the practices or principles of the Christian Church
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