• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ecclesiastical of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church) "ecclesiastic history"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ecclesiastical Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church; not secular; as, ecclesiastical affairs or history; ecclesiastical courts. "Every circumstance of ecclesiastical order and discipline was an abomination."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ecclesiastical Pertaining or relating to the church; churchly; not civil or secular: as, ecclesiastical discipline or government; ecclesiastical affairs, history, or polity; ecclesiastical courts. Sometimes abbreviated eccl., eccles.
    • ecclesiastical A standing commission in England, created by Parliament in the early part of the nineteenth century, invested with important powers for the reform of the established church. Its plans have to be submitted, after due notice to persons interested, to the sovereign in council, and be ratified by orders in council; but after ratification and due publication they have the same effect as acts of Parliament.
    • ecclesiastical a fictitious month used in determining the date of Easter. It is made purposely to depart from the natural month, to avoid the possibility of a coincidence of Easter with the Jewish Passover.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Ecclesiastical belonging to the church
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  • Bible
    “There is no new thing under the sun. [Ecclesiastes 1:9]”
  • Daniel Defoe
    Daniel Defoe
    “And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.”
  • Bible
    “What has been will be again. What has been done will be done again... [Ecclesiastes 1:9]”
  • Bible
    “And desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets. [Ecclesiastes 12:5]”
  • Bible
    “There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. [Ecclesiastes 2:24]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Ecclesiastical (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L.,—Gr. ekklesia, an assembly called out of the world, the church—ek, out, and kalein, to call.


In literature:

The ecclesiastical history of that long period is a history of movement to and fro.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Former endeavours were ecclesiastical.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The title of his greatest work was the Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
The circulation of the winds is clearly set forth by the Preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
And so ecclesiastically minded was Queen Mary that she in her heart agreed with the Pope.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
Fitzjames prefixed a short life of my father to a posthumous edition of the 'Essays in Ecclesiastical Biography.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
No other ecclesiastical building approached the 'Great Church.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
The effect produced is often like what we experience in reading Ecclesiastes or Omar Khayyam.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Let us now pass to the ecclesiastical policy of Zeno's reign.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
No one organizes better than an ecclesiastic.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Geography, works on ecclesiastical, 276.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
But then with what bitter despair Ecclesiastes records all these searchings!
"Old Groans and New Songs" by F. C. Jennings
He knew something of ecclesiastical history.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
A numerous Church cannot exist without ecclesiastics; but these ecclesiastics are not the Church.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Towns and ecclesiastical buildings were plundered and burnt.
"Education in England in the Middle Ages" by Albert William Parry
Having proclaimed martial law, he invoked ecclesiastical aid.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery Volume 3" by John Charles Dent
The University started the process, but will conduct it before an ecclesiastical tribunal chosen by myself.
"The Executioner's Knife" by Eugène Sue
The commanding questions of this reign were ecclesiastical.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 8" by Various
The former is one of the most interesting ecclesiastical buildings in Italy.
"Cathedral Cities of Italy" by William Wiehe Collins
We have already mentioned Fleury and his ecclesiastical history.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

Though thrice a thousand years are past,
Since David's son, the sad and splendid,
The weary King Ecclesiast,
Upon his awful tablets penned it,—
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
So musing on the man that with his foot
Spurned me, the robed ecclesiastic stern,
'Would he had haled me straight to prison' methought,
'So made an end at once.'
"The Maid-Martyr" by Jean Ingelow
"I'll not reveal myself," said he,
"Till they are both in the Ecclesiastical arena;
Then suddenly I will appear,
And paralysing them with fear,
Demand my ANGELINA!"
"The Sensation Captain" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A man doesn't have time in his life
to have time for everything.
He doesn't have seasons enough to have
a season for every purpose. Ecclesiastes
Was wrong about that.
"A Man Doesn't Have Time In His Life" by Yehuda Amichai
And sad "Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher,"—
Has he not stamped the image on my soul,
In that last chapter, where the worn-out Teacher
Sighs o'er the loosened cord, the broken bowl?
"The Iron Gate" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
O child Ecclesiast,
Who know'st the pain of pleasures past!
Unconscious questioner! thine eyes
Ask, 'Is there nought that satisfies?
Has earth no joy that will for ever last?' Thou true Ecclesiast!
"Tired. On A Picture Of A Tired Child" by Samuel John Stone

In news:

In Ecclesiastes 3, the Preacher said there is a time to break down and a time to build up.
Ecclesiastic Leading Runners 2012.
Life on the ecclesiastical frontier.
Franciscan Media conducts its publishing ministry with the official ecclesiastical approval of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cincinnati.
In Ecclesiastes he notes, "Of making books there is no end," a statement anyone who's lost their way in a university library can affirm.
The vacant St Laurence Church – a fine ensemble of early 20th century Chicago ecclesiastical architecture – shamefully withers on the corner of 72nd and Dorchester.
To everything, there is a season, according to Pete Seeger 's song, "Turn, Turn, Turn," drawn from the Book of Ecclesiastes.
Adam has his father's soft eyes and ecclesiastically domed head, but there is a different intensity to his posture.
In the ecclesiastics of swing, the Johnny Varro Swing 7 would be in the liberal camp.
Geoffrey Hill's new book takes its title from Milton's Treatise of Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes (1659), but it might just as well be called Recent Poems.
The Bible says, "When you make a vow to God … fulfill your vow" (Ecclesiastes 5:4).But God hasn't abandoned you, no matter how you feel right now.
VATICAN CITY — The biggest scandal to rock the Vatican in decades widened Monday with the Pope's butler agreeing to cooperate with investigators — raising the specter that higher-ranking ecclesiastical heads may soon roll.
Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes translated from the Hebrew and with commentary by Robert Alter.
Jeffs is the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.
Warren Jeffs is the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that believes polygamy brings exaltation inheaven.