ecclesiastical

adjective ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal \ i-ˌklē-zē-ˈa-sti-kəl , e-ˌklē- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of ecclesiastical

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

ecclesiastically

play \i-ˌklē-zē-ˈa-sti-k(ə-)lē, e-ˌklē-\ adverb

Examples of ecclesiastical in a Sentence

  1. ecclesiastical laws that have been in existence for centuries

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Origin and Etymology of ecclesiastical

Middle English, from Late Latin ecclesiasticus, from Late Greek ekklēsiastikos, from Greek, of an assembly of citizens, from ekklēsiastēs

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ECCLESIASTICAL Defined for English Language Learners

ecclesiastical

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Definition of ecclesiastical for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the Christian church or clergy



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