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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Ecclesiastical'

Ecclesiastical Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    ecclesiastical adj : of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church); "ecclesiastic history" [syn: ecclesiastic]
Ecclesiastical Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. Every circumstance of ecclesiastical order and discipline was an abomination. --Cowper. 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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Ecclesiastical'

Ecclesiology (from Greek ἐκκλησίᾱ, ekklēsiā, "congregation, church"; and -λογία, -logia) is the theological study of the Christian church. Specific areas of concern include the church's origin, its relationship to Jesus Christ, its role in salvation, its discipline, its destiny, and its leadership.

Since different ecclesiologies give shape to very different institutions, ecclesiology may also refer to a particular church or denomination’s character, self-described or otherwise. This is the sense of the word in such phrases as Roman Catholic ecclesiology, Lutheran ecclesiology, and ecumenical ecclesiology.

Ecclesiology comes from the Greek ἐκκλησία (ekklesia), which entered Latin as ecclesia. In the Greco-Roman world, the word was used to refer to a lawful assembly, or a called legislative body. As early as Pythagoras, the word took on the additional meaning of a community with shared beliefs.

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Ecclesiastical Sample Sentences in News

  • Church's insurer refuses to pay out after thieves use scaffolding to steal lead
    Holy Trinity Church in Hartlepool now faces a £3,000 bill because their insurance firm, Ecclesiastical, excludes burglaries where a scaffold is used Read more on this news related to 'Ecclesiastical'
  • Insurer won't pay for lead theft as church had scaffolding up that 'helped' the thieves
    Holy Trinity Church in Hartlepool was robbed when thieves climbed scaffolding to streal lead from the roof. However Ecclesiastical insurers say they won't cover cost of damage (file image). Read more on this news related to 'Ecclesiastical'
  • "Shades of Winter": To Love, or Not to Love
    A new romantic novel of love versus ecclesiastical responsibilities (PRWeb September 15, 2014) Read the full story at Read more on this news related to 'Ecclesiastical'

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