Roman Catholic Church. a letter addressed by the pope to all the bishops of the church.
(of a letter) intended for wide or general circulation; general.
- Also en·cyc·lic .
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How to use encyclical in a sentence
A prime example of this approach is Pope Francis’ groundbreaking 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’, where he writes about the care for our common home by our common family.
In 1864 Pius IX issued his famous encyclical, in which he boldly condemned the "pernicious" doctrine of the rights of man.The Church In Politics--Americans Beware! | M. M. Mangasarian
Ten years subsequently he put forth the celebrated encyclical Letter and the Syllabus.History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science | John William Draper
We refer to the reply to the noble and paternal encyclical of Pius IX.
When the question is asked, therefore, Why there are (not one only but) several encyclical bodies?Aristotle | George Grote
British Dictionary definitions for encyclical
a letter sent by the pope to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
(of letters) intended for general or wide circulation
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Cultural definitions for encyclical
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