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

So here, for your Christmas Eve pleasure, are 20 of my favorites, 10 from the ecclesiastical division and 10 secular.
Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing. Michael Tomasky December 23, 2014

It seems that Bush is simply taking a stab at landscapes and ecclesiastical architecture.
George W. Bush ‘Comes Out’ As Artist Lizzie Crocker February 7, 2013

Rev. Schaefer stands in a long tradition of civil disobedience, or in this case, ecclesiastical disobedience.
Love Trumped Rules for Fired Methodist Rev. Frank Schaefer Gene Robinson December 19, 2013

Historical Examples

These are of her own institution, and form her ecclesiastical discipline.
Catholic World, Vol. XI, April 1870-September 1870 Various

The financial as well as this ecclesiastical question was a problem.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

A libel is still the expression in the ecclesiastical courts.
Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis

There are no punishments by law for disobedience of an ecclesiastical court.
The Soul of a People H. Fielding

They are mentioned in ecclesiastical history as the Ebionites, Nazarines, and under yet other names.
Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3) Theodore Parker

Vide note B, ecclesiastical Miracles, at the end of the volume.
Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman

And then what would become of ecclesiastical authority and priestly interference?
A Decade of Italian Women, vol. I (of 2) T. Adolphus Trollope

of or relating to the Christian Church

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


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