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
1475–85; < Late Latin ecclēsiasticus < Greek ekklēsiastikós. See Ecclesiastes, -ic
Related forms
antiecclesiastic, noun, adjective
nonecclesiastic, adjective, noun
unecclesiastic, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiastic
ecclesiastic (ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstɪk)
 
n
1.  a clergyman or other person in holy orders
 
adj
2.  of or associated with the Christian Church or clergy

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Word Origin and History for ecclesiastic
ecclesiastic
late 15c., from L.L. ecclesiasticus, from Gk. ekklesiastikos "of the (ancient Athenian) assembly," later, "of the church," from ekklesiastes "speaker in an assembly or church, preacher," from ekkalein "to call out."
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