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

Other Words from churchly

churchliness noun

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Examples of churchly in a Sentence

refused to discuss churchly matters except on Sundays
Recent Examples on the Web That theme, explored with light wit and deep humanity, makes this unabashedly churchly novel strikingly relevant to our conflicted political era. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 The singer and rapper’s weary tales arrive with churchly trills, nu-metal groans, quiet-storm beats, and zero concern for coolness. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 14 Dec. 2021 Besides, the current Francis seems revolutionary enough for an era of ecological crisis, humanitarian disaster, and churchly scandal, especially since Wenders has the pope on camera directly sharing his thoughts with the audience. Ty Burr,, 16 May 2018 Black leather Versace motorcycle jackets sport jeweled crucifixes inspired by Byzantine mosaics, blending edgy coolness with churchly devotion. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, 10 May 2018 The music was a churchly choir, the lighting diffused, almost baroque. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, 15 Feb. 2018

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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 30 Jun. 2022.

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