14th century, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from Late Latin Ecclēsiasticus, probably short for liber ecclēsiasticus "church book" (from its use in church readings) — more at ecclesiastic entry 1
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“Ecclesiasticus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ecclesiasticus. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.
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