churchly

adjective church·ly \ ˈchərch-lē \

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
4 : churchy 1

churchliness

noun

Examples of churchly in a Sentence

  1. refused to discuss churchly matters except on Sundays

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First Known Use of churchly

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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