clerical

adjective
cler·​i·​cal | \ ˈkler-i-kəl How to pronounce clerical (audio) , ˈkle-ri-\

Definition of clerical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy
2 : of or relating to a clerk

clerical

noun

Definition of clerical (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of the clergy
3 : clerk
4 clericals plural : clerical garments

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Other Words from clerical

Adjective

clerically \ ˈkler-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clerically (audio) , ˈkle-​ri-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for clerical

Synonyms: Adjective

clerkly, ministerial, pastoral, priestly, sacerdotal

Synonyms: Noun

clergyperson, cleric, clerk, deacon, divine, dominie, ecclesiastic, minister, preacher, priest, reverend

Antonyms: Adjective

lay, nonclerical, secular, temporal

Antonyms: Noun

layman, layperson, secular

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Examples of clerical in a Sentence

Adjective

She spent the summer doing clerical work for a lawyer. a member of our clerical staff The mistake was due to a clerical error.

Noun

some of the state's most prominent clericals have spoken out against the measure
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Or, put another way, the contempo-clerical look is as regimented as any other religious habit. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 In the developed world, McKinsey estimates that men will tend to lose machine-operating jobs and women will lose clerical and service roles. The Economist, "For the future, look to the past," 13 June 2019 Mexico's former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI, long supported Luz del Mundo as a counterweight to the Roman Catholic Church, whose followers led an armed uprising against anti-clerical laws in the 1920s. Fox News, "Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest," 6 June 2019 Mexico's former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI, long supported Luz del Mundo as a counterweight to the Roman Catholic Church, whose followers led an armed uprising against anti-clerical laws in the 1920s. Mark Stevenson And Stefanie Dazio, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest," 5 June 2019 Instead of being given a chance to heal and return to the academy when ready, Ludlam’s suit says she was forced to choose between getting demoted to a clerical job or getting terminated. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego paying out $240,000 to female police recruit," 3 June 2019 Attorney General Josh Hawley is working with the cooperation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which requested the probe, to investigate clerical records spanning decades. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Even more states have launched investigations into clerical abuse since the Pennsylvania report," 24 Oct. 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an address in Los Angeles on Sunday, castigated Iran’s clerical leaders and called on other countries to join the U.S. campaign of pressure and sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Trump and Iran Leader Swap Taunts as Sanctions Loom," 23 July 2018 Last year, the Iranians also named the street where the Saudi Arabian Embassy sits after Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a clerical leader from the Shiite Muslim minority who was executed in the kingdom. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "U.S. and Russia Revive Cold-War Game of Provocative Street Names," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of clerical

Adjective

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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clerical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of clerical

: of or relating to a clerk or office worker
: of or relating to members of the clergy

clerical

adjective
cler·​i·​cal | \ ˈkler-i-kəl How to pronounce clerical (audio) \

Kids Definition of clerical

1 : relating to the clergy The minister wore his clerical collar.
2 : relating to a clerk or office worker the clerical staff

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