ec·​cle·​si·​al | \ i-ˈklē-zē-əl How to pronounce ecclesial (audio) , e-ˈklē- \

Definition of ecclesial

: of or relating to a church

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Examples of ecclesial in a Sentence

the waning of ecclesial power in Europe as the number of lapsed Christians increases
Recent Examples on the Web Because of the circular design and lightweight material of the pellegrina, which opens at the front, the wind easily sweeps beneath it, making the liturgical vestment the ecclesial equivalent of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 The failure of ecclesial authorities ... to adequately address these repugnant crimes has rightly given rise to outrage, and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community. Fox News, 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of ecclesial

1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ecclesial

borrowed from Medieval Latin ecclēsiālis, from Late Latin ecclēsia "assembly of Christian believers, congregation, church, church building" + Latin -ālis -al entry 1; ecclēsia, borrowed from Greek ekklēsía "assembly of citizens, Jewish congregation (in the Septuagint), collectivity of Christian believers (in the New Testament)," from ékklētos "selected to judge" (verbal adjective of ekkaleîn "to call out, summon," from ek- ec- + kaléō, kaleîn "to call, summon, call by name," going back to an Indo-European verbal base *kleh1-, *kl̥h1- "call") + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at low entry 3

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The first known use of ecclesial was in 1641

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“Ecclesial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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