Churchliness - definition of churchliness by The Free Dictionary
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1. Of or relating to a church.
2. Appropriate for or suggestive of a church: "aspires to the pure fragrance of churchly incense" (Martin Bernheimer).
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References in periodicals archive
The terms "religion" and "church" were mostly thought of as synonyms, and religiosity seemed almost inseparably linked to churchliness
The problem one immediately senses with this, and eventually with the book as a whole, is the extreme churchliness
of the whole affair.
Barnett's comparison of particular musical topoi (one example given is instrumental lines to which the words 'kyrie eleison' might easily be imagined) and explanation of where various sonata movements might have fitted into the liturgy does make a convincing case for the "churchliness
" of some of the sonata repertory.