Encyclic
Encyclic En*cyc"lic, Encyclical En*cyc"li*cal, a. [L. encyclios of a circle, general, Gr. ?; ? in + ? circle: cf. F. encyclique. See {Cycle}.] Sent to many persons or places; intended for many, or for a whole order of men; general; circular; as, an encyclical letter of a council, of a bishop, or the pope.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, (of churches, officials, etc.), (especially of the Pope)


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  • Encyclic — En*cyc lic, Encyclical En*cyc li*cal, n. An encyclical letter, esp. one from a pope. Shipley …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encyclic — index public (known) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • encyclic — en·cy·clic || en sɪklɪk(l) adj. intended to be heard by many n. letter from the Pope …   English contemporary dictionary

  • encyclic — I. a.; (also encyclical) Circular, addressed to the circuit (of churches, officials, etc.). II. n.; (also encyclical) Circular letter (especially of the Pope) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • encyclic — I. adjective see encyclical I II. noun see encyclical II …   Useful english dictionary

  • Encyclical — Encyclic En*cyc lic, Encyclical En*cyc li*cal, a. [L. encyclios of a circle, general, Gr. ?; ? in + ? circle: cf. F. encyclique. See {Cycle}.] Sent to many persons or places; intended for many, or for a whole order of men; general; circular; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Encyclical — Encyclic En*cyc lic, Encyclical En*cyc li*cal, n. An encyclical letter, esp. one from a pope. Shipley …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Encyclical — • According to its etymology, an encyclical is nothing more than a circular letter. In modern times, usage has confined the term almost exclusively to certain papal documents which differ in their technical form from the ordinary style of either… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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