ecclesiastic

[ih-klee-zee-as-tik]
adjective
  1. ecclesiastical.

Origin of ecclesiastic

1475–85; < Late Latin ecclēsiasticus < Greek ekklēsiastikós. See Ecclesiastes, -ic
Related formsan·ti·ec·cle·si·as·tic, noun, adjectivenon·ec·cle·si·as·tic, adjective, nounun·ec·cle·si·as·tic, adjective
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Related Words for ecclesiastics

cleric, pastor, preacher, priest, minister, abbot, prelate, divine, chaplain, parson, reverend

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British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastics

ecclesiastic

noun
  1. a clergyman or other person in holy orders
adjective
  1. of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy
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Word Origin and History for ecclesiastics

ecclesiastic

adj.

late 15c., from Middle French ecclésiastique and directly from Late Latin ecclesiasticus, from Greek ekklesiastikos "of the (ancient Athenian) assembly," later, "of the church," from ekklesiastes "speaker in an assembly or church, preacher," from ekkalein "to call out," from ek "out" (see ex-) + kalein "to call" (see claim (v.)).

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