Meaning of “ecclesiastic” in the English Dictionary

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"ecclesiastic" in British English

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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. 

(Definition of “ecclesiastic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)