V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) a member of the clergy; (adj.) having to do with a church, especially the Christian church

Synonyms: (n.) churchman, cleric, (adj.) religious, spiritual, Christian

Antonyms: (n.) layperson, (adj.) secular

Tips: An alternate form of the adjective ecclesiastic is ecclesiastical.

Usage Examples:

The conference included both ecclesiastics and lay people. (clergymen) noun

Whether or not women are allowed to be ministers is an ecclesiastic decision, not a political one. (religious, church-related) adjective

The Bible serves as an ecclesiastical history of the early Christian church. (religious, clerical) adjective

My ecclesiastic studies have provided me with a profound understanding of religious history and symbolism. (religious, spiritual) adjective

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