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ecclesiastics

ecclesiastics is a plural form of ecclesiastic

ecclesiastic (clergyperson)

Definition:

a clergyperson or other person in religious orders

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

ecclesiastics

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

churchman [masculine] | churchwoman [feminine] | cleric | divine | eccl. [abbreviation] | eccles. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Middle French ecclésiastique and directly from Late Latin ecclesiasticus, from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Clergy

some of the formal leaders within certain religions. The roles and functions of clergy vary in different religious traditions but these usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices. Some of the ... (37 of 7114 words, 12 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Clergy

Cleric (disambiguation)

may refer to: A member of the clergy | Cleric (character class), a character class in fantasy role playing games Cleric (Dungeons & Dragons), the specific character class from that game | The butterfly genus Amauris (friars and allies) | The Cleric, an... (40 of 101 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Cleric (disambiguation)

New World Dictionary:

cleric

a member of the clergy | relating to the clergy or one of its members (14 of 21 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cleric

Collins Dictionary:

cleric

a member of the clergy (5 of 435 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cleric

American Heritage Dictionary:

cleric

A member of the clergy. (5 of 279 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cleric

Merriam-Webster:

cleric | clergyperson [synonym] | clerical [synonym] | clerk [synonym] | deacon [synonym] | divine [synonym] | dominie [synonym] | ecclesiastic [synonym] | minister [synonym] | ...

a member of the clergy (5 of 116 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cleric

Oxford Dictionary:

cleric

a priest or religious leader, especially a Christian or Muslim one (11 of 55 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cleric

Cambridge Dictionary:

priest | cleric | man of God [humorous] | man of the cloth [humorous]

a person, usually a man, who has been trained to perform religious duties in the Christian Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church, or a person ... (25 of 54 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/priest

Random House Dictionary:

cleric | clerics [sense-specific]

a member of the clergy. | a member of a clerical party. | "clerics": (used with a plural v.) half-sized or small-sized reading glasses worn on the ... (25 of 48 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/cleric

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cleric [countable, formal] | clerics [plural]

a leader of any religion | [outdated] a member of the clergy (11 of 37 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cleric

Wiktionary:

cleric | clerics [plural]

A clergy member. (3 of 12 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cleric

Britannica Encyclopedia:

reverend [title]

the ordinary English prefix of written address to the names of ministers of most Christian denominations. In the 15th century it was used as a general ... (26 of 157 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/500407​/reverend

Encarta Dictionary:

cleric | clerics [plural]

a member of the clergy (5 of 26 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597769​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

ecclesiastic

First use: late 15th century

Origin: Middle French ecclésiastique and directly from Late Latin ecclesiasticus, from Greek ekklesiastikos "of the (ancient Athenian) ... (19 of 44 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ecclesiastic

Oxford Dictionary:

ecclesiastic

Origin: late Middle English: from French ecclésiastique, or via late Latin from Greek ekklēsiastikos, from ekklēsiastēs "member of an ... (18 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ecclesiastic

American Heritage Dictionary:

ecclesiastic

Origin: Late Latin ecclēsiasticus, from Greek ekklēsiastikos, from ekklēsiastēs, a member of the ecclesia; see "Ecclesiastes".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ecclesiastic

New World Dictionary:

ecclesiastic

Origin: ecclesiastical Late Latin ecclesiasticus from Greek ekklēsiastikos: see "ecclesia"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ecclesiastic

Wiktionary:

ecclesiastic | ecclesiastics [plural]

Origin: Latin ecclesia ("church"), originally from Greek ἐκκλησία ("church")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ecclesiastic

Encarta Dictionary:

ecclesiastic | ecclesiastics [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: French or ecclesiastical Latin from Greek ekklēsiastikos from ekklēsiastēs "member of an assembly" from ekklēsia "assembly, (later) church"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607364​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ecclesiastic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ecclesiastic"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ecclesiastic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ecclesiastic [countable, formal] | ecclesiastics [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ecclesiastic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ecclesiastic

ecclesiastical

Audio: British English pronunciation of ecclesiastic

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ecclesiastical

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ecclesiastic [countable, formal] | ecclesiastics [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ecclesiastic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ecclesiastic

ecclesiastical

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ecclesiastic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ecclesiastical

Cambridge Dictionary:

ecclesiastic [formal or old-fashioned]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ecclesiastic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ecclesiastic"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ecclesiastic

the Free Dictionary:

ecclesiastic

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ecclesiastic"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ecclesiastic"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ecclesiastic" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ecclesiastic

Google Dictionary:

ecclesiastic | ecclesiastics [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ecclesiastic"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=ecclesiastic

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ecclesiastic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ecclesiastic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=eccles​03 word=ecclesiastic

YourDictionary Audio:

ecclesiastic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ecclesiastic" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ecclesiastic

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