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ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal

 (ĭ-klē′zē-ăs′tĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Of or relating to a church, especially as an organized institution.
2. Appropriate to a church or to use in a church: ecclesiastical architecture; ecclesiastical robes.

ec·cle′si·as′ti·cal·ly adv.

ecclesiastical

(ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪkəl) or

ecclesial

adj
(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to the Christian Church
ecˌclesiˈastically adv

ec•cle•si•as•ti•cal

(ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪ kəl)

adj.
of or pertaining to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
[1375–1425]
ec•cle`si•as′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ecclesiastical - of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church); "ecclesiastic history"

ecclesiastical

adjective clerical, religious, church, churchly, priestly, spiritual, holy, divine, pastoral, sacerdotal He refused to acknowledge the ecclesiastical supremacy of the monarch.

ecclesiastical

adjective
Of or relating to a church or to an established religion:
Translations
církevní
kirkollinen

ecclesiastical

[ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪkəl] ADJeclesiástico

ecclesiastical

[ɪˌkliːziˈæstɪkəl] adjecclésiastique

ecclesiastical

adjkirchlich

ecclesiastical

[ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪkl] adjecclesiastico/a
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In the Abbe Tigrane, in Lucifer, and elsewhere, he has delineated, with wonderful power and patience, a strictly ecclesiastical portraiture--
It only remains now to speak of ecclesiastical principalities, touching which all difficulties are prior to getting possession, because they are acquired either by capacity or good fortune, and they can be held without either; for they are sustained by the ancient ordinances of religion, which are so all-powerful, and of such a character that the principalities may be held no matter how their princes behave and live.
At home they might hear political and ecclesiastical secrets intended not for them but for their husbands and brothers, and might even issue commands in the name of a priestly Circle; out of doors the striking combination of red and green, without addition of any other colours, would be sure to lead the common people into endless mistakes, and the Women would gain whatever the Circles lost, in the deference of the passers by.
And, since the taboo was essentially religious, to Agno was deputed the ecclesiastical task of guarding and cherishing and caring for the royal laying-yard.
The landlord agreed with this view, and after taking the sense of the company, and duly rehearsing a small ceremony known in high ecclesiastical life as the nolo episcopari, he consented to take on himself the chill dignity of going to Kench's.
Many, they say, abandoned all the pleasures and vanities of life for solitude and religious austerities; others devoted themselves to God in an ecclesiastical life; they who could not do these set apart their revenues for building churches, endowing chapels, and founding monasteries, and spent their wealth in costly ornaments for the churches and vessels for the altars.
He was never seen on 'Change, nor at the Bank, nor in the counting-rooms of the "City"; no ships ever came into London docks of which he was the owner; he had no public employment; he had never been entered at any of the Inns of Court, either at the Temple, or Lincoln's Inn, or Gray's Inn; nor had his voice ever resounded in the Court of Chancery, or in the Exchequer, or the Queen's Bench, or the Ecclesiastical Courts.
Claude Frollo had been destined from infancy, by his parents, to the ecclesiastical profession.
It was a fairly large house of yellow brick, with a red roof, built about five and twenty years before in an ecclesiastical style.
Helene understood that the question was very simple and easy from the ecclesiastical point of view, and that her directors were making difficulties only because they were apprehensive as to how the matter would be regarded by the secular authorities.
To think with pleasure of his niece's husband having a large ecclesiastical income was one thing--to make a Liberal speech was another thing; and it is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
Kindly consider," he began, "cases of that kind are, as you are aware, under ecclesiastical jurisdiction; the reverend fathers are fond of going into the minutest details in cases of that kind," he said with a smile, which betrayed his sympathy with the reverend fathers' taste.