Encyclical meaning

ĕn-sĭklĭ-kəl
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Intended for general or wide circulation.
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A papal letter addressed to the bishops of the Church or to the hierarchy of a particular country.
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For general circulation.
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A papal document addressed to the bishops, generally dealing with doctrinal matters.
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A papal letter delivered to Bishops in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Origin of encyclical

  • From Medieval Lattin encyclicus circular from Greek enkuklios en- in en–2 kuklos circle kwel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin encyclicus, from Ancient Greek εγκυκλιος (enkyklios, “circular, general”), from εν− (en-) + κύκλος (kyklos, “circle”).

    From Wiktionary