ecclesial

adjective
ec·​cle·​si·​al | \i-ˈklē-zē-əl, e-ˈklē-\

Definition of ecclesial 

: of or relating to a church

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ecclesial

Synonyms

churchly, ecclesiastic, ecclesiastical

Antonyms

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

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The first known use of ecclesial was in 1641

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