ecclesiastic[e klē′zē as′tik, i-]
Origin of ecclesiasticEcclesiastical Late Latin ecclesiasticus ; from Classical Greek ekklēsiastikos: see ecclesia
a member of the clergy
A minister or priest; a cleric.
Origin of ecclesiasticLate Latin ecclēsiasticus, from Greek ekklēsiastikos, from ekklēsiastēs, a member of the ecclesia; see Ecclesiastes.
(comparative more ecclesiastic, superlative most ecclesiastic)
Ecclesiastical is more commonly used.
- One who adheres to a church-based philosophy.