Ecclesiastical

  • 1Ecclesiastical — 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

  • 2ecclesiastical — [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

  • 3ecclesiastical — adj. Relating to the Christian church. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4ecclesiastical — early 15c., from ECCLESIASTIC (Cf. ecclesiastic) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Ecclesiastically …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5ecclesiastical — 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

  • 6ecclesiastical — [adj] churchly clerical, diaconal, episcopal, holy, ministerial, orthodox, parochial, pastoral, religious, sectarian, spiritual; concepts 536,582 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7ecclesiastical — ► 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

  • 8ecclesiastical — /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

  • 9ecclesiastical — [[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

  • 10ecclesiastical — adjective /əˌkliziˈæstəkəl,əˈkliːz.iˌæstɪk.əl/ Of or pertaining to the church; as, ecclesiastical architecture. Syn: ecclesiastic See Also: antiecclesiastical, nonecclesiastical …

    Wiktionary

  • 11ecclesiastical — adj. Ecclesiastical is used with these nouns: ↑court, ↑establishment, ↑hierarchy, ↑jurisdiction, ↑office …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12ecclesiastical — ec|cle|si|as|ti|cal [ıˌkli:ziˈæstıkəl] adj also ec|cle|sias|tic [ ˈæstık] [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: ecclesiasticus, from Greek ekklesia group of people gathered together, church ] relating to the Christian church or its priests ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13ecclesiastical — also ecclesiastic adjective connected with the Christian church or its priests: ecclesiastical history …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14ecclesiastical — 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15ecclesiastical — ecclesiastically, adv. /i klee zee as ti keuhl/, adj. of or pertaining to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular. [1375 1425; late ME; see ECCLESIASTES, ICAL] * * * …

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  • 16ecclesiastical — Synonyms and related words: abbatial, abbatical, apostolic, archiepiscopal, canonical, capitular, capitulary, cathedral like, cathedralesque, church, churchish, churchlike, churchly, clerical, ecclesiastic, episcopal, episcopalian, evangelistic,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17ecclesiastical — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. churchly, sacerdotal, priestly, clerical. See clergy. Ant., lay. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ministerial, clerical, churchly; see clerical 2 , religious 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18ecclesiastical — ec|cle|si|as|ti|cal [ ı,klizi æstıkl ] or ec|cle|si|as|tic [ ı,klizi æstık ] adjective relating to the Christian church …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19ecclesiastical — [15] In classical Greek, an ekklēsíā was an ‘assembly’ (the word was derived from ekkalein, a compound verb formed from the prefix ek ‘out’ and kallein ‘call’). With the introduction of Christianity, it was adopted as the term for ‘church’, and… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20ECCLESIASTICAL —    of the CHURCH …

    Concise dictionary of Religion