adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin ecclesiasticus, from Late Greek ekklēsiastikos, from Greek, of an assembly of citizens, from ekklēsiastēs Date: 15th century 1. of or relating to a church especially as an established institution 2. suitable for use in a church • ecclesiastically adverb

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  • Ecclesiastical — Ec*cle si*as tic*al, a. [See {Ecclesiastical}, a.] Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church; not secular; as, ecclesiastical affairs or history; ecclesiastical courts. [1913 Webster] Every… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ecclesiastical — [e klē΄zē as′ti kəl, i klē΄zē as′ti kəl] adj. [ME: see ECCLESIASTIC & AL] 1. of the church, the organization of the church, or the clergy 2. used chiefly in early writings relating to Christianity [ecclesiastical Latin (or Greek)]… …   English World dictionary

  • ecclesiastical — adj. Relating to the Christian church. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • ecclesiastical — early 15c., from ECCLESIASTIC (Cf. ecclesiastic) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Ecclesiastically …   Etymology dictionary

  • ecclesiastical — UK [ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk(ə)l] / US [ɪˌklɪzɪˈæstɪk(ə)l] or ecclesiastic UK [ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk] / US [ɪˌklɪzɪˈæstɪk] adjective relating to the Christian Church • See: ecclesiastic II …   English dictionary

  • ecclesiastical — [adj] churchly clerical, diaconal, episcopal, holy, ministerial, orthodox, parochial, pastoral, religious, sectarian, spiritual; concepts 536,582 …   New thesaurus

  • ecclesiastical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to the Christian Church or its clergy. DERIVATIVES ecclesiastically adverb. ORIGIN Greek ekkl siastikos, from ekkl siast s member of an assembly …   English terms dictionary

  • ecclesiastical — /əkliziˈæstəkəl / (say uhkleezee astuhkuhl) adjective of or relating to a religious organisation, especially the Christian church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular; not lay: ecclesiastical discipline; ecclesiastical affairs;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • ecclesiastical — [[t]ɪkli͟ːziæ̱stɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Ecclesiastical means belonging to or connected with the Christian Church. My ambition was to travel upwards in the ecclesiastical hierarchy …   English dictionary

  • ecclesiastical — adjective /əˌkliziˈæstəkəl,əˈkliːz.iˌæstɪk.əl/ Of or pertaining to the church; as, ecclesiastical architecture. Syn: ecclesiastic See Also: antiecclesiastical, nonecclesiastical …   Wiktionary

  • ecclesiastical — adj. Ecclesiastical is used with these nouns: ↑court, ↑establishment, ↑hierarchy, ↑jurisdiction, ↑office …   Collocations dictionary

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