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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Synonyms & Antonyms for ecclesial


churchly, ecclesiastic, ecclesiastical


nonchurch, nonecclesiastical

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Examples of ecclesial in a Sentence

the waning of ecclesial power in Europe as the number of lapsed Christians increases

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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, "Abuse survivors disappointed by pope's comments to Irish government," 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 1

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The first known use of ecclesial was in 1641

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