encyclical

adjective
en·​cyc·​li·​cal | \ in-ˈsi-kli-kəl How to pronounce encyclical (audio) , en- \

Definition of encyclical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: addressed to all the individuals of a group : general

encyclical

noun

Definition of encyclical (Entry 2 of 2)

: an encyclical letter specifically : a papal letter to the bishops of the church as a whole or to those in one country

Examples of encyclical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Leaders of every major religion have published declarations similar to Pope Francis’ encyclical, calling on their followers to be better stewards of Earth. Bradley J. Cardinale, The Conversation, 2 June 2022 Pope Francis plans to give two speeches on the environment this year, including an encyclical slated for June and an address to the United Nations General Assembly in September. The Editors, Outside Online, 28 Apr. 2015 In Catholic doctrine, the encyclical Rerum novarum, released in 1891, stressed the importance of this human right, so essential for a prosperous and virtuous economy. Alejandro Chafuen, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Early in his papacy, Francis issued an encyclical, or formal teaching document, stressing the need to treasure and protect the environment. BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2021 Baathist government carried out the very acts of terror and chemical weapons that Pope Francis condemned in last year’s encyclical letter, Fratelli Tutti — and that the United Nations, which Francis praises, was designed to prevent. Andrew Doran, National Review, 25 Apr. 2021 The pope, when elected in 2013, chose St. Francis of Assisi as his namesake saint, and earlier this month, the pontiff journeyed to that hill town in Umbria to sign an encyclical, or important church teaching document, about brotherhood. chicagotribune.com, 25 Oct. 2020 Such a change in policy would normally come in the form of a papal document, such as an encyclical, not blurted out in a film. Flavia Rotondi, Bloomberg.com, 22 Oct. 2020 Tornielli, the Vatican editorial chief, said the themes of the encyclical, fraternity and social friendship, are precisely the themes that unite men and women. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When Trump visited the Vatican in 2017, one of the gifts Francis presented was his encyclical on the environment — a pointed message to a leader who decided to pull the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 When Trump visited the Vatican in 2017, one of the gifts Francis presented was his encyclical on the environment - a pointed message to a leader who pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. Chico Harlan, Seung Min Kim, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Oct. 2021 That same year, the pontiff penned an encyclical that called for a revolution to save the Earth. NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021 British Ambassador Sally Axworthy told reporters at a Vatican briefing Thursday that faith leaders had made an important contribution to the Paris accord, noting Francis' own 2015 encyclical on the environment. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 The encyclical has been met with some criticism ahead of its publication from those who believe its title to be discriminatory toward women. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Oct. 2020 Pope Francis, who had excoriated trickle-down economics and dedicated an encyclical to the moral necessity of combating climate change. Matthew Sitman, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2021 In a 70-page encyclical, the highest form of papal teaching, Pope Francis outlined his vision for a post-pandemic world. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 4 Oct. 2020 In a 70-page encyclical, the highest form of papal teaching, Pope Francis outlined his vision for a post-pandemic world. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 4 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of encyclical

Adjective

1647, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encyclical

Adjective

Late Latin encyclicus, from Greek enkyklios circular, general, from en in + kyklos circle — more at in, wheel

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“Encyclical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclical. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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