ec·​cle·​si·​ol·​o·​gy i-ˌklē-zē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce ecclesiology (audio)
plural ecclesiologies
: the study of church architecture and adornment
: theological doctrine relating to the church
ecclesiological adjective
ecclesiologist noun

Examples of ecclesiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Questions of how to address issues at a national level in such a decentralized organization are genuinely difficult to answer, and the report grapples with those difficulties without compromising on basic questions of Baptist ecclesiology. The Editors, National Review, 25 May 2022

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Word History


Late Latin ecclēsia "assembly of Christian believers, Christian Church" + -o- + -logy — more at ecclesial

First Known Use

circa 1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ecclesiology was circa 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Ecclesiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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