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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.]
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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
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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]
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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"
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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.
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ecclesiastic

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

ecclesiastic

[ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk] Neclesiástico m
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ecclesiastic

[ɪˌkliːziˈæstɪk] necclésiastique mf
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ecclesiastic

nKleriker m
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ecclesiastic

[ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk] n & adjecclesiastico/a
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ecˌclesiˈastic(al)

(ikliːziˈӕstik(l)) adjective
of the church or clergy.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
The ecclesiastics recognized therein the token from above, and asked him on the spot if he would be pope.
Military officers destitute of military knowledge; naval officers with no idea of a ship; civil officers without a notion of affairs; brazen ecclesiastics, of the worst world worldly, with sensual eyes, loose tongues, and looser lives; all totally unfit for their several callings, all lying horribly in pretending to belong to them, but all nearly or remotely of the order of Monseigneur, and therefore foisted on all public employments from which anything was to be got; these were to be told off by the score and the score.
Turning to the secular brothers and sisters of these peasant ecclesiastics, at first sight so strongly contrasted with them, M.
"This gentleman, who is my friend, has just escaped from a serious danger," continued Aramis, with unction, pointing to D'Artagnan with his hand, and addressing the two ecclesiastics.
She has just concluded that I am the most distinguished of ecclesiastics, and that you are the most superficial of metaphysicians.
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.
He came up with the procession and reined in Rocinante, who was already anxious enough to slacken speed a little, and in a hoarse, excited voice he exclaimed, "You who hide your faces, perhaps because you are not good subjects, pay attention and listen to what I am about to say to you." The first to halt were those who were carrying the image, and one of the four ecclesiastics who were chanting the Litany, struck by the strange figure of Don Quixote, the leanness of Rocinante, and the other ludicrous peculiarities he observed, said in reply to him, "Brother, if you have anything to say to us say it quickly, for these brethren are whipping themselves, and we cannot stop, nor is it reasonable we should stop to hear anything, unless indeed it is short enough to be said in two words."
The knowledge of these fables rapidly spread from Italy into Germany, and their popularity was increased by the favor and sanction given to them by the great fathers of the Reformation, who frequently used them as vehicles for satire and protest against the tricks and abuses of the Romish ecclesiastics. The zealous and renowned Camerarius, who took an active part in the preparation of the Confession of Augsburgh, found time, amidst his numerous avocations, to prepare a version for the students in the university of Tubingen, in which he was a professor.
One would almost imagine from the long list that is given of cannibal primates, bishops, arch-deacons, prebendaries, and other inferior ecclesiastics, that the sacerdotal order far outnumbered the rest of the population, and that the poor natives were more severely priest-ridden than even the inhabitants of the papal states.
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.
"Sir," began Raoul, with his usual politeness, "are you an ecclesiastic?"