Encyclical Definition

ĕn-sĭklĭ-kəl
encyclicals
adjective
For general circulation.
Webster's New World
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noun
encyclicals
A papal document addressed to the bishops, generally dealing with doctrinal matters.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • encyclical letter
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Other Word Forms of Encyclical

Noun

Singular:
encyclical
Plural:
encyclicals

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

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