Meaning of “ecclesiastical” in the English Dictionary

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"ecclesiastical" in English

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ecclesiasticaladjective

uk /ɪˌkliː.ziˈæs.tɪk.əl/ us /ɪˌkliː.ziˈæs.tɪk.əl/ also ecclesiastic formal

Examples from literature

  • Although this is not an ecclesiastical history, some brief account of the monks, and of the monasteries founded in Ireland about this period, will be necessary. 
  • At an early age I studied theology and ecclesiastical law. 
  • In a state which separates the ecclesiastical and the civil functions, where freedom of conscience is fully maintained, these two are the only religious agencies engaged in education. 
  • In his work on the Primitive Church he endeavors to explain the philosophy of the whole ecclesiastical system. 
  • The papacy, then, was a church clothed with civil power, an ecclesiastical body, having authority to punish all dissenters with confiscation, imprisonment, torture, and death. 

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

"ecclesiastical" in American English

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ecclesiasticaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪˌkli·ziˈæs·tɪ·kəl/ also ecclesiastic, /ɪˌkli·ziˈæs·tɪk/

belonging to or connected with the Christian religion:

ecclesiastical history

(Definition of “ecclesiastical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)