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[ih-klee-zee-as-tuh-siz-uh m] /ɪˌkli ziˈæs təˌsɪz əm/
ecclesiastical principles, practices, or spirit.
devotion, especially excessive devotion, to the principles or interests of the church.
Origin of ecclesiasticism
1860-65; ecclesiastic + -ism
Related forms
antiecclesiasticism, noun Unabridged
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  • ecclesiasticism and commercialism, antagonism between, 134-136.

  • Dumas does not enter deeply into the subject of ecclesiasticism in France.

    Dumas' Paris Francis Miltoun
  • The University became a centre of politics and ecclesiasticism.

    Oxford and its Story Cecil Headlam
  • Society, though small and old-fashioned, unfriendly to new ideas and tinged with ecclesiasticism, is simple mannered and kindly.

  • The conventional sobriety and ecclesiasticism of the title-page do not prepare one for the novelty of the contents.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • True blue Presbyterianism rose in contrast with milder colours of ecclesiasticism.

  • Philosophy was the "handmaid" of theology and ecclesiasticism.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • It is hardly necessary to say that the religion which Whitman celebrates is not any form of ecclesiasticism.

    Whitman John Burroughs
  • Luther was still a Papist, and thought to grow his plants of evangelic faith under the shadow of the Upas of ecclesiasticism.

    Luther and the Reformation: Joseph A. Seiss
  • No matter what the subject may be, there is usually a smack of ecclesiasticism in the ordinary give-and-take of conversation.

British Dictionary definitions for ecclesiasticism


exaggerated attachment to the practices or principles of the Christian Church
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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