ecclesiastic

[ ih-klee-zee-as-tik ]
/ ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪk /

noun

a member of the clergy or other person in religious orders.
a member of the ecclesia in ancient Athens.

adjective

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Origin of ecclesiastic

1475–85; < Late Latin ecclēsiasticus < Greek ekklēsiastikós. See Ecclesiastes, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM ecclesiastic

an·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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British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastics

ecclesiastic
/ (ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk) /

noun

a clergyman or other person in holy orders

adjective

of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy
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