ecclesiastic

ecclesiastic

[ih-klee-zee-as-tik]
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

antiecclesiastic, noun, adjective
nonecclesiastic, adjective, noun
unecclesiastic, adjective
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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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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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