ecclesiastical

adjective
ec·​cle·​si·​as·​ti·​cal | \ i-ˌklē-zē-ˈa-sti-kəl How to pronounce ecclesiastical (audio) , e-ˌklē- \

Definition of ecclesiastical

1 : of or relating to a church especially as an established institution
2 : suitable for use in a church

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Other Words from ecclesiastical

ecclesiastically \ i-​ˌklē-​zē-​ˈa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ecclesiastical (audio) , e-​ˌklē-​ \ adverb

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Examples of ecclesiastical in a Sentence

ecclesiastical laws that have been in existence for centuries
Recent Examples on the Web Traveling a few blocks down the street, the congregation ended outside a nearby church, where Madonna, framed by the ecclesiastical doors behind her, offered an invocation. Michael Appler, Variety, 9 Oct. 2021 Everyone else moved on from that ecclesiastical kerfuffle, but the disgrace has shattered the minister’s confidence and turned him against his long-suffering wife, Marion. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 In recent years, two BYU presidents — Merrill Bateman and Cecil Samuelson — were simultaneously serving as general authorities, which gave them extra ecclesiastical protection from criticism. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 From ancient to modern times, sapphires have been worn by the revered and designed by the renowned, from ecclesiastical jewels to the pieces created by houses such as Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Boucheron. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The church also states that at least one of the prospective newlyweds must be a member in the leader’s ecclesiastical unit. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 June 2021 Unlike the poem, which depicts the court as a lively place full of mirth, Lowery’s Round Table is gloomy and contemplative, with an ecclesiastical atmosphere. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of ecclesiastical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ecclesiastical

Middle English ecclesiasticall, from Late Latin ecclēsiasticus "of the Christian Church" + Middle English -all -al entry 1 — more at ecclesiastic entry 1

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The first known use of ecclesiastical was in the 15th century

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13 Oct 2021

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“Ecclesiastical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecclesiastical. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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ecclesiastical

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English Language Learners Definition of ecclesiastical

: of or relating to the Christian church or clergy

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