- a member of the clergy or other person in religious orders.
- a member of the ecclesia in ancient Athens.
Origin of ecclesiastic
Examples from the Web for ecclesiastics
Crossan, a stern judge of ecclesiastics, has the highest opinion of him.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
A sharp blow was dealt also at the recovered privileges of ecclesiastics.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
Bands are worn by the ecclesiastics in France and Italy, as well as in England.
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.
- a clergyman or other person in holy orders
- of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy
Word Origin and History for ecclesiastics
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.)).