ecclesiastical love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to a church, especially as an organized institution.
  • adjective Appropriate to a church or to use in a church.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church; not secular
  • adjective a permanent commission established by Parliament in 1836, to consider and report upon the affairs of the Established Church.
  • adjective [Eng.] courts for maintaining the discipline of the Established Church; -- called also Christian courts.
  • adjective [Eng.] a combination of civil and canon law as administered in ecclesiastical courts.
  • adjective (Mus.) the church modes, or the scales anciently used.
  • adjective the territory formerly subject to the Pope of Rome as its temporal ruler; -- called also States of the Church.

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to the church

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church)


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ecclesiastic +‎ -al


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