[ ih-klee-zee-as-tik ]
/ ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪk /
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a member of the clergy or other person in religious orders.
a member of the ecclesia in ancient Athens.
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Origin of ecclesiastic
1475–85; <Late Latin ecclēsiasticus<Greek ekklēsiastikós.See Ecclesiastes, -ic
OTHER WORDS FROM ecclesiastican·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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How to use ecclesiastic in a sentence
Ecclesiastics, soldiers in active service, and persons receiving emolument from public funds are debarred from these offices.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Ecclesiastics and women might also be members of the Gild, but of course could not be burgesses.The Influence and Development of English Gilds|Francis Aiden Hibbert
The long inactive, sluggish ecclesiastics suddenly seemed to feel the vigor to resist and the power to lead.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
What a marvelous opiate the ecclesiastics have been injecting into the minds of the masses!
I execrate the enslavement of the mind of our young children by the ecclesiastics.
British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastic
/ (ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk) /
a clergyman or other person in holy orders
of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy
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