of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
Contemporary Examples

Literary history aside (or be damned), these anti-establishment, anti-ecclesiastical fabliaux are pure, unadulterated fun.
Read This and Blush: Naughty Medieval French Tales Yunte Huang June 12, 2013

Historical Examples

Wolsey fell when Campeggio was recalled, and his fall involved the triumph of the anti-ecclesiastical party in England.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3 Various

This, like the rest of Henry’s anti-ecclesiastical legislation, was based on popular clamour.
Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard

The church was training the nations by means of the Bible, and now it is the Bible which stirs the anti-ecclesiastical movements.
The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation Ernst Von Dobschutz

of or relating to the Christian Church

early 15c., from ecclesiastic + -al (1). Related: Ecclesiastically.


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