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ecclesia

[ih-klee-zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /ɪˈkli ʒi ə, -zi ə/
noun, plural ecclesiae
[ih-klee-zhee-ee, -zee-ee] /ɪˈkli ʒiˌi, -ziˌi/ (Show IPA)
1.
an assembly, especially the popular assembly of ancient Athens.
2.
a congregation; church.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin < Greek ekklēsía assembly, equivalent to ékklēt(os) summoned (ek- ec- + klē-, variant of kal-, stem of kaleîn to call, + -tos past participle suffix) + -ia -ia
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ecclesia

/ɪˈkliːzɪə/
noun (pl) -siae (-zɪˌiː)
1.
(in formal Church usage) a congregation
2.
the assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek ekklēsia assembly, from ekklētos called, from ekkalein to call out, from kalein to call
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