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Intended for general or wide circulation.
n. Roman Catholic Church
A papal letter addressed to the bishops of the Church or to the hierarchy of a particular country.
[From Medieval Lattin encyclicus, circular, from Greek enkuklios : en-, in; see en-2 + kuklos, circle; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) a letter sent by the pope to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
(of letters) intended for general or wide circulation
[C17: from Late Latin encyclicus, from Greek enkuklios general, from kuklos circle]
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en•cyc•li•cal(ɛnˈsɪk lɪ kəl, -ˈsaɪ klɪ-)
1. a letter addressed by the pope to all the bishops of the church.adj.
2. (of a letter) intended for wide or general circulation; general.
[1610–20; < Late Latin encyclicus (< Greek enkýklios)]
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a letter from the Pope to the Roman Catholic clergy on matters of doctrine or other concerns of the Church, of tenmeant to be read from the pulpit.See also: Pope
a letter from the Pope to the Roman Catholic clergy on matters of doctrine or other concerns of the Church, of ten meant to be read from the pulpit.See also: Catholicism
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|Noun||1.||encyclical - a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world|
|Adj.||1.||encyclical - intended for wide distribution; "an encyclical letter"|
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up
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encyclical[enˈsɪklɪkəl] N → encíclica f
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encyclical[ɪnˈsɪklɪkəl] n (RELIGION) → encyclique f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Enzyklika f
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encyclical[ɪnˈsɪklɪk/əl] n → enciclica
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