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adjective en·cyc·li·cal \in-ˈsi-kli-kəl, en-\

Definition of encyclical

  1. :  addressed to all the individuals of a group :  general

Origin and Etymology of encyclical

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


First Known Use: 1647


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encyclical

noun en·cyc·li·cal

Definition of encyclical

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

1837

First Known Use of encyclical

1837


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encyclical

noun en·cyc·li·cal

Definition of encyclical for English Language Learners

  • : an official letter from the Pope to the Roman Catholic bishops


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