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Wordnet 3.0


1. of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church);
- Example: "ecclesiastic history"
[syn: ecclesiastical, ecclesiastic]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ecclesiastical \Ec*cle`si*as"tic*al\, a. [See Ecclesiastical, a.] Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church; not secular; as, ecclesiastical affairs or history; ecclesiastical courts. [1913 Webster] Every circumstance of ecclesiastical order and discipline was an abomination. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] Ecclesiastical commissioners for England, a permanent commission established by Parliament in 1836, to consider and report upon the affairs of the Established Church. Ecclesiastical courts, courts for maintaining the discipline of the Established Church; -- called also Christian courts. [Eng.] Ecclesiastical law, a combination of civil and canon law as administered in ecclesiastical courts. [Eng.] Ecclesiastical modes (Mus.), the church modes, or the scales anciently used. Ecclesiastical States, the territory formerly subject to the Pope of Rome as its temporal ruler; -- called also States of the Church. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ecclesiastical adj 1: of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church); "ecclesiastic history" [syn: ecclesiastical, ecclesiastic]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

38 Moby Thesaurus words for "ecclesiastical": abbatial, abbatical, apostolic, archiepiscopal, canonical, capitular, capitulary, cathedral-like, cathedralesque, church, churchish, churchlike, churchly, clerical, ecclesiastic, episcopal, episcopalian, evangelistic, ministerial, pantheonic, papal, pastoral, patriarchal, pontifical, prelatial, prelatic, priest-ridden, priestish, priestly, rabbinic, sacerdotal, spiritual, synagogal, synagogical, tabernacular, templelike, theological, ultramontane
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ECCLESIASTICAL. Belonging to, or set apart for the church; as, distinguished from civil or secular. Vide Church.