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encyclical

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

Definition of encyclical

:addressed to all the individuals of a group :general

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Origin and Etymology of encyclical

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


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encyclical

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Definition of encyclical

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

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First Known Use of encyclical

1837


ENCYCLICAL Defined for English Language Learners

encyclical

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Definition of encyclical for English Language Learners

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


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