Ecclesiastic Ec*cle`si*as"tic (?; 277), a. [L. ecclesiasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? an assembly of citizens called out by the crier; also, the church, fr. ? called out, fr. ? to call out; 'ek out + ? to call. See {Ex-}, and {Hale}, v. t., {Haul}.] Of or pertaining to the church. See {Ecclesiastical}. ``Ecclesiastic government.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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  • ecclesiastic — [e klē΄zē as′tik, iklē΄zē as′tik] adj. [LL(Ec) ecclesiasticus < Gr ekklēsiastikos: see ECCLESIA] ECCLESIASTICAL n. a member of the clergy …   English World dictionary

  • ecclesiastic — I UK [ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk] / US [ɪˌklɪzɪˈæstɪk] noun [countable] Word forms ecclesiastic : singular ecclesiastic plural ecclesiastics formal a Christian priest, minister etc II See: ecclesiastical …   English dictionary

  • ecclesiastic — [[t]ɪkli͟ːziæ̱stɪk[/t]] ecclesiastics N COUNT An ecclesiastic is a priest or clergyman in the Christian Church. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

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  • ecclesiastic — I. adjective Date: 15th century ecclesiastical II. noun Date: 1651 clergyman …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ecclesiastic — /i klee zee as tik/, n. 1. a member of the clergy or other person in religious orders. 2. a member of the ecclesia in ancient Athens. adj. 3. ecclesiastical. [1475 85; < LL ecclesiasticus < Gk ekklesiastikós. See ECCLESIASTES, IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • ecclesiastic — 1. adjective /əkliziˈæstɪk/ Of or pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical. 2. noun /əkliziˈæstɪk/ One who adheres to a church based philosophy …   Wiktionary

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