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Ecclesiastic


ECCLESIAS'TIC, ECCLESIAS'TICAL, . [L; Gr.an assembly or meeting, whence a church; to call forth or convoke; to call.]

Pertaining or relating to the church; as ecclesiastical discipline or government; ecclesiastical affairs, history or policy; ecclesiastical courts.

Ecclesiastical State is the body of the clergy.

ECCLESIAS'TIC, noun A person in orders, or consecrated to the service of the church and the ministry of religion.