adjective Date: before 12th century 1. of or relating to a church <
churchly authority
2. suitable to or suggestive of a church <
a churchly setting
3. adhering to a church <
a churchly community
4. churchy 1 • churchliness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Churchly — Church ly, a. Pertaining to, or suitable for, the church; ecclesiastical. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • churchly — [chʉrchlē] adj. 1. of or fit for a church 2. belonging to a church churchliness n …   English World dictionary

  • churchly — churchliness, n. /cherrch lee/, adj. of or appropriate for the church or a church; ecclesiastical: churchly vestments. [bef. 900; OE ciriclic, equiv. to cirice CHURCH + lic LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • churchly — adjective resembling or suggesting or appropriate to a church churchlike silence the pure fragrance of churchly incense • Similar to: ↑religious • Derivationally related forms: ↑church …   Useful english dictionary

  • churchly — adjective Characteristic of a church …   Wiktionary

  • churchly — Synonyms and related words: abbatial, abbatical, archiepiscopal, canonical, capitular, capitulary, cathedral like, cathedralesque, church, churchish, churchlike, clerical, ecclesiastic, ecclesiastical, episcopal, episcopalian, evangelistic,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • churchly — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Of or relating to a church or to an established religion: church, ecclesiastical, religious, spiritual. See RELIGION …   English dictionary for students

  • churchly — church·ly …   English syllables

  • churchly — /ˈtʃɜtʃli/ (say cherchlee) adjective of or appropriate for the church or a church; ecclesiastical. {Middle English, Old English ciriclīc; church + ly} –churchliness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • free-churchly — free church·ly …   English syllables

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