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Ecclesiastical in a Sentence

Examples of ecclesiastical in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of ecclesiastical, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church)

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EXAMPLES - Ecclesiastical in a Sentence

  1. It is what might be called ecclesiastical opportunism. (source)
  2. The reign of Mavia is famous in ecclesiastical story Pocock, (source)
  3. His name is held in honour in Italian ecclesiastical literature. (source)
  4. The Isle of Ely and St. Etheldreda are famous in English ecclesiastical history. (source)
  5. Bible and Tradition, you have what is called ecclesiastical, Catholic or true faith. (source)
  6. The very next year the Council formally introduced the evil which they called ecclesiastical reformation. (source)
  7. The History of Christianity, also known as ecclesiastical history, is the remarkable history of the growth of (source)
  8. Here then the agreement of the Old Testament with the Testament of Christ is described as the ecclesiastical canon. (source)
  9. A perfunctory glance into his pages will suffice to prove that he lacked what is called the ecclesiastical bent of mind. (source)
  10. Christian art is also called ecclesiastical art, and we find it convenient to treat this subject under the title ECCLESIASTICAL ART. (source)
  11. Colony Law Book, called ecclesiastical, with the Confession of Faith, agreed upon by the Elders and Messengers of the Churches, met at (source)
  12. It consisted of two divisions: the first of which had jurisdiction in ecclesiastical matters; the second, in civil, fiscal, and criminal cases. (source)
  13. Adding to these what, among ourselves, we call the ecclesiastical vote, though you were not yet nominated, you were master of the votes by ballot. (source)
  14. Hence all human traditions, which are called ecclesiastical commandments, are binding upon us only in so far as they are based and commanded by God's Word. (source)
  15. The same was this nation of ours put to (which is about as far distant from Rome the other way) when it was in ecclesiastical affairs subject to the pope of (source)
  16. It is in ecclesiastical story, that Zeno appears least contemptible; and I am not able to discern any Manichaean or Eutychian guilt in the generous saying of (source)
  17. Nor was it only in ecclesiastical assemblies, among men whose education and manners were similar to his own, that Athanasius displayed the ascendancy of his genius. (source)
  18. Brassy is not a polite adjective and in ecclesiastical circles in the twentieth century Brummagem brass came to be seen as the worst expression of commercial bad taste. (source)
  19. If they be compelled by their persecutors to drink any deadly poisonous thing, it shall not hurt them: of which very thing some instances are found in ecclesiastical history. (source)
  20. A novel that provides readers with "honorary doctoral degrees in ecclesiastical history," describes Jesus as a sexual hedonist, and claims the Catholic Church is built on lies. (source)
  21. But in the Autumn of 355 he summoned a Council at Milan, a city whose influence over Gaul was so great that it might almost be called the ecclesiastical capital of that country. (source)
  22. A patrono has no exact counterpart in English ecclesiastical law; it was his business, within narrow limits, to defend the interests of the accused from the theological point of view. (source)
  23. Noonan is VERY important thinker, and a comment box is no place to air what whole conferences have debated over the years, ie, his ultimate place in ecclesiastical and juridic letters. (source)
  24. A _patrono_ has no exact counterpart in English ecclesiastical law; it was his business, within narrow limits, to defend the interests of the accused from the theological point of view. (source)
  25. So with not a shadow of doubt as to his speedy success, and with a comfortable confidence in ecclesiastical power, in whomsoever vested, he called upon his parishioners one after the other. (source)
  26. It was exclusively a _commercial_ city, there was nothing ecclesiastical (Babylon _ecclesiastical_, the religious system had been destroyed, when all _religious_ head-ship had been summed up in Apleon). (source)
  27. In different parts of the fabric specimens can be seen of almost all the noteworthy variations of style that appeared in English ecclesiastical architecture from the Early Norman to the Perpendicular period. (source)
  28. I do not suppose that a couple of thousand pounds could have reproduced it; and it is simply heart-rending to see such a noble monument of piety and careful love sacrificed to a wave of so-called ecclesiastical taste. (source)
  29. Beveridge (ad Pandect.proleg. p. 2) remarks, that the emperors never made new laws in ecclesiastical matters; and Giannone observes, in a very different spirit, that they gave a legal sanction to the canons of councils. (source)
  30. The breach with the Roman Church, the repudiation of papal influence in English ecclesiastical affairs, was not a spontaneous clerical movement; it was the effect of the (p. 268) subjection of the Church to the national temporal power. (source)
  31. Brossette, one of the most distinguished priests in Paris, crossed the court-yard of the hotel de Grandlieu, with a step which we must needs call the ecclesiastical step, so significant is it of caution, mystery, calmness, gravity, and dignity. (source)
  32. I professed my willingness, and the friar ushered in a fresh, young, little Irishman of fifty, a deacon of the Church, arrayed in strict canonicals, and wearing on his head what, in default of knowledge, I can only call the ecclesiastical shako. (source)
  33. Two years were consumed in ecclesiastical negotiations; and the important cause between the emperor and one of his subjects was solemnly debated, first in the synod of Arles, and afterwards in the great council of Milan, 123 which consisted of above three hundred bishops. (source)
  34. The chief priests, who presided in ecclesiastical affairs; the elders, who were judges in civil matters, and the scribes, who, as doctors of the law, were directors to both -- these composed the sanhedrim, or great council that governed the nation, and these were confederate against Christ. (source)
  35. Everywhere were churches and convents that recalled the ecclesiastical and feudal origin of the city; the great tubular bridge, the superb water-front with its long array of docks only surpassed by those of Liverpool, the solid blocks of business houses, and the substantial mansions on the quieter streets, proclaimed the succession of (source)
  36. It is true that the interpretation of the so-called ecclesiastical officials, their approbaton or disapprobation of the civil marriage laws, might find expression in certain cases should they refuse to bless an intended marriage of people who had been divorced when the reason for the divorce seemed to them to be too much opposed to Scripture. (source)
  37. Everywhere were churches and convents that recalled the ecclesiastical and feudal origin of the city; the great tubular bridge, the superb water-front with its long array of docks only surpassed by those of Liverpool, the solid blocks of business houses, and the substantial mansions on the quieter streets, proclaimed the succession of Protestant thrift and energy. (source)
  38. To bend the knee at the name of Jesus, to rise up reverently when the words of Jesus were about to be read in the Gospel of the day, were acts congenial to his wife as they were irksome to him; and, above all, the idea of ecclesiastical authority, whether exercised by rector, bishop or church, woke all the refractory nerves of opposition inherited from five generations of Puritans. (source)
  39. But the third sort, viz. prescribing and dictating to the mind, may be called ecclesiastical tyranny: and this is the worst kind of tyranny, as it includes the other two sorts; for the Romish clergy not only do torture the bodies and seize the effects of those they persecute, but take the lives, torment the minds, and, if possible, would tyrannize over the souls of the unhappy victims. (source)
  40. Thus conceive: These several terms are purposely used, the more clearly and fully to distinguish power purely ecclesiastical, which is denied to the magistrate, from power purely political about ecclesiastical objects, which is granted to him; which is called ecclesiastical, not properly, but improperly; not internally, but externally; not formally, but only objectively, as conversant about ecclesiastical objects. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 40.0, which suggests that "ecclesiastical" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 11 synonyms for ecclesiastical.

clerical, diaconal, episcopal, holy, ministerial, orthodox, parochial, pastoral, religious, sectarian, spiritual


We have 0 antonyms for ecclesiastical.


Pronunciation: (ĭ-klēˌzē-ăsˈtĭ-kəl)

Syllabification: ec-si-as-tic-al


View up to 25 definitions of ecclesiastical from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Of or relating to a church, especially as an organized institution.
  2. (adjective) Appropriate to a church or to use in a church: ecclesiastical architecture; ecclesiastical robes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Of or pertaining to the church

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church; not secular

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Pertaining or relating to the church; churchly; not civil or secular: as, ecclesiastical discipline or government; ecclesiastical affairs, history, or polity; ecclesiastical courts. Sometimes abbreviated eccl., eccles.
  2. (None) A standing commission in England, created by Parliament in the early part of the nineteenth century, invested with important powers for the reform of the established church. Its plans have to be submitted, after due notice to persons interested, to the sovereign in council, and be ratified by orders in council; but after ratification and due publication they have the same effect as acts of Parliament.
  3. (None) a fictitious month used in determining the date of Easter. It is made purposely to depart from the natural month, to avoid the possibility of a coincidence of Easter with the Jewish Passover.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church)