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1. Ecclesiastical principles, practices, and activities.
2. Excessive adherence to ecclesiastical principles and forms.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) exaggerated attachment to the practices or principles of the Christian Church
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(ɪˌkli ziˈæs təˌsɪz əm)

1. ecclesiastical principles, practices, or spirit.
2. devotion, esp. excessive devotion, to the principles or interests of the church.
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an excessive adherence to the doctrines and practices of the church. — ecclesiastic, n., adj. — ecclesiastical, adj.
See also: Church
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ecclesiasticism - excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities; "their ecclesiasticism overwhelmed their religion"
adherence, adhesion, attachment - faithful support for a cause or political party or religion; "attachment to a formal agenda"; "adherence to a fat-free diet"; "the adhesion of Seville was decisive"
2.ecclesiasticism - religion appropriate to a church and to ecclesiastical principles and practices
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
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