church·​ly | \ ˈchərch-lē How to pronounce churchly (audio) \

Definition of churchly

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

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churchliness noun

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Examples of churchly in a Sentence

refused to discuss churchly matters except on Sundays
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First Known Use of churchly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Churchly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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