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  1. the study of ecclesiastical adornments and furnishings.
  2. the study of church doctrine.
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Origin of ecclesiology

First recorded in 1830–40; ecclesi(a) + -o- + -logy
Related formsec·cle·si·o·log·ic [ih-klee-zee-uh-loj-ik] /ɪˌkli zi əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, ec·cle·si·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveec·cle·si·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for ecclesiology

Historical Examples of ecclesiology

  • The result was a material modification of his former views on ecclesiology.

    Birth of a Reformation

    Andrew Byers

  • The cultivation of this valley is not so uninteresting as its ecclesiology.

  • This venture in ecclesiology is not the democratization of a church.

    From the Bottom Up

    Alexander Irvine

  • Its peculiar individuality, however, arises from the same cause as the very singular characteristics of Irish ecclesiology.

  • From this date the rules of English ecclesiology can only mislead the student of Scottish ecclesiastical architecture.

British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiology


  1. the study of the Christian Church
  2. the study of Church architecture and decoration
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Derived Formsecclesiological (ɪˌkliːzɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveecclesiologically, adverbecclesiologist, noun
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