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
Ecclesiastical law, a combination of civil and canon law as administered in ecclesiastical courts.
(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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