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1. Ecclesiastical principles, practices, and activities.
2. Excessive adherence to ecclesiastical principles and forms.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) exaggerated attachment to the practices or principles of the Christian Church


(ɪˌkli ziˈæs təˌsɪz əm)

1. ecclesiastical principles, practices, or spirit.
2. devotion, esp. excessive devotion, to the principles or interests of the church.


an excessive adherence to the doctrines and practices of the church. — ecclesiastic, n., adj. — ecclesiastical, adj.
See also: Church
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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Specifically, from the political accusation, accusation for free thought and open speech, it switches to accusation for lack of ecclesiasticism and Franciscan obedience, for breaking the Franciscan and ecclesiastical unity.
Soon before his resignation from the C&MA, he told the board, "I am not interested in this hour in the church's history, in ecclesiasticism, and I have no hope for the Alliance if the tendencies toward ecclesiasticism continue.
Augustine, father of Roman ecclesiasticism, the role of the church in relation to the state must be one of renewing critique rather than conforming submission.
Of course, as the place was wicked, the doctors were well to the fore, combating the wages of sin gallantly; and the lawyers also, needless to say, were busy; and so, too, were the clergy, in their own way, ecclesiasticism being well-worked; Christianity, however, was much neglected, so that, for the most part, the devil went unmolested in Morningquest, and had a good time.
10) Unable to credit theological creeds and doctrines, he refuses fideistic commitment while yet harboring a conservative regard for the social function of ecclesiasticism.
He popularized Gothic as the dominant architectural form of the mid-nineteenth century, but was vehemently opposed to the national ecclesiasticism that it came to represent.
Scholars who share the convictions of Funk and the Jesus Seminar normally struggle with at least three supposed elements of the received Jesus tradition: apocalypticism, demonology, and growing ecclesiasticism.
Foster's conviction that persecution provided an effective advertisement for antislavery and other unpopular causes was reflected in the advice he gave to a gathering of anti-Sabbatarians, who believed that the traditional Sabbath was another example of how prevailing ecclesiasticism perverted genuine Christianity.
from eschatology to incarnation, historicization, ecclesiasticism, sacramentalism; from Spirit to Law; from faith to dogma; from the human Jesus to the divine Christ; from psychosomatic unity to Hellenistic dualism; from charisma to cultic society; from simplicity to complexity.