ecclesiasticnoun [ C ]uk /ɪˌkliː.ziˈæs.tɪk/ us /ɪˌkliː.ziˈæs.tɪk/ formal or old-fashioned
Examples from literature
- A respectable number of ecclesiastics, who had already submitted to the law, accepted the elections.
- I saw at once that a refusal would have horrified the ecclesiastic.
- It happened that a learned ecclesiastic of noble family lived in this place, and she sought relief in confessions to him.
- Many of the Irish ecclesiastics themselves seem to have desired that closer union with Rome, which could only be brought about by bringing Ireland under the power of a sworn son of the Church.
- Two effigies, one an ecclesiastic, the other probably a layman, have been placed under two of the windows.