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ecclesiastic

[ih-klee-zee-as-tik] /ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪk/
noun
1.
a member of the clergy or other person in religious orders.
2.
a member of the ecclesia in ancient Athens.
adjective
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Late Latin ecclēsiasticus < Greek ekklēsiastikós. See Ecclesiastes, -ic
Related forms
antiecclesiastic, noun, adjective
nonecclesiastic, adjective, noun
unecclesiastic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastic

ecclesiastic

/ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk/
noun
1.
a clergyman or other person in holy orders
adjective
2.
of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy
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Word Origin and History for ecclesiastic
adj.

late 15c., from Middle French ecclésiastique and directly from Late Latin ecclesiasticus, from Greek ekklesiastikos "of the (ancient Athenian) assembly," later, "of the church," from ekklesiastes "speaker in an assembly or church, preacher," from ekkalein "to call out," from ek "out" (see ex-) + kalein "to call" (see claim (v.)).

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