from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a church, especially as an organized institution.
- adj. Appropriate to a church or to use in a church: ecclesiastical architecture; ecclesiastical robes.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to the church
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church; not secular
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to the church; churchly; not civil or secular: as, ecclesiastical discipline or government; ecclesiastical affairs, history, or polity; ecclesiastical courts. Sometimes abbreviated eccl., eccles.
- A standing commission in England, created by Parliament in the early part of the nineteenth century, invested with important powers for the reform of the established church. Its plans have to be submitted, after due notice to persons interested, to the sovereign in council, and be ratified by orders in council; but after ratification and due publication they have the same effect as acts of Parliament.
- a fictitious month used in determining the date of Easter. It is made purposely to depart from the natural month, to avoid the possibility of a coincidence of Easter with the Jewish Passover.
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- adj. of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church)
It was exclusively a _commercial_ city, there was nothing ecclesiastical (Babylon _ecclesiastical_, the religious system had been destroyed, when all _religious_ head-ship had been summed up in Apleon).
The very next year the Council formally introduced the evil which they called ecclesiastical reformation.
Brassy is not a polite adjective and in ecclesiastical circles in the twentieth century Brummagem brass came to be seen as the worst expression of commercial bad taste.
Noonan is VERY important thinker, and a comment box is no place to air what whole conferences have debated over the years, ie, his ultimate place in ecclesiastical and juridic letters.
Eulogio Gillow was strongly favored in ecclesiastical and political circles, and was a particularly close friend of President Díaz.
Aside from the fact that its fans can claim honorary doctoral degrees in ecclesiastical history, how else does "The Da Vinci Code" weave its magic spell?
A novel that provides readers with "honorary doctoral degrees in ecclesiastical history," describes Jesus as a sexual hedonist, and claims the Catholic Church is built on lies.
Adding to these what, among ourselves, we call the ecclesiastical vote, though you were not yet nominated, you were master of the votes by ballot.
A _patrono_ has no exact counterpart in English ecclesiastical law; it was his business, within narrow limits, to defend the interests of the accused from the theological point of view.
In different parts of the fabric specimens can be seen of almost all the noteworthy variations of style that appeared in English ecclesiastical architecture from the Early Norman to the Perpendicular period.