ecclesiastic


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ec·cle·si·as·tic

 (ĭ-klē′zē-ăs′tĭk)
adj.
Ecclesiastical.
n.
A minister or priest; a cleric.

[Late Latin ecclēsiasticus, from Greek ekklēsiastikos, from ekklēsiastēs, a member of the ecclesia; see Ecclesiastes.]

ecclesiastic

(ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a clergyman or other person in holy orders
adj
(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy

ec•cle•si•as•tic

(ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪk)

n.
1. a member of the clergy or other person in religious orders.
adj.
2. ecclesiastical.
[1475–85; < Late Latin ecclēsiasticus < Greek ekklēsiastikós. See Ecclesiastes, -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ecclesiastic - a clergyman or other person in religious ordersecclesiastic - a clergyman or other person in religious orders
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
ordainer - a cleric who ordains; a cleric who admits someone to holy orders
pardoner - a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences
pluralist - a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time
Adj.1.ecclesiastic - of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church); "ecclesiastic history"

ecclesiastic

noun clergyman, minister, priest, vicar, parson, pastor, cleric, churchman, man of God, divine, man of the cloth, churchwoman, woman of God, clergywoman, woman of the cloth He was sent to a school run by ecclesiastics.

ecclesiastic

noun
A person ordained for service in a Christian church:
Informal: reverend.
Translations
إكليروسي، كَنائِسي
egyházi
ecclesiastischkerkelijk

ecclesiastic

[ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk] Neclesiástico m

ecclesiastic

[ɪˌkliːziˈæstɪk] necclésiastique mf

ecclesiastic

nKleriker m

ecclesiastic

[ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk] n & adjecclesiastico/a

ecˌclesiˈastic(al)

(ikliːziˈӕstik(l)) adjective
of the church or clergy.
References in classic literature ?
He was driven on, and other carriages came whirling by in quick succession; the Minister, the State-Projector, the Farmer-General, the Doctor, the Lawyer, the Ecclesiastic, the Grand Opera, the Comedy, the whole Fancy Ball in a bright continuous flow, came whirling by.
He was obviously an ecclesiastic of high rank; his dress was that of a Cistercian Monk, but composed of materials much finer than those which the rule of that order admitted.
Yes, but from fifteen francs I sink at once to ten francs; namely, for an ordinary judge, and for an ecclesiastic.
About the entire person there was no evidence of a shirt, but a white cravat, of filthy appearance, was tied with extreme precision around the throat and the ends hanging down formally side by side gave (although I dare say unintentionally) the idea of an ecclesiastic.
Then came a picture of a cheerful and corpulent ecclesiastic in a shovel hat, sitting opposite a very thin European, and the inscription: "Lunch with Fra Cristofero at Rosario.
The aged ecclesiastic had turned his face towards me.
The man and the ecclesiastic fought within him, and the victory fell to the man.
The young man started; but before he had either assented or denied, Aramis continued, "Not even of the ecclesiastic from whom you were to hear an important revelation?
Besides this ecclesiastic, who was a friend of the late Madame Bidault, a paternal uncle of Madame Saillard, an old paper-dealer retired from business ever since the year II.
And now I speak of marrying, it brings me naturally to say something of the French ecclesiastic that I had brought with me out of the ship's crew whom I took up at sea.
In pretty much all of these dreadful stories, ecclesiastics were the hardy heroes, but that didn't worry the chap- lain any, he had his laugh with the rest; more than that, upon invitation he roared out a song which was of as daring a sort as any that was sung that night.
No country in the world is so full of churches, monasteries, and ecclesiastics as Abyssinia; it is not possible to sing in one church or monastery without being heard by another, and perhaps by several.