Definition of non-ecclesiastical in English:



  • Not relating to the Christian Church or its clergy.

    ‘non-ecclesiastical activities in the parish’
    ‘the oldest non-ecclesiastical building in Cornwall’
    • ‘In the 6th century tithes were imposed by ecclesiastical law, and by the 8th century they would be enforced by non-ecclesiastical law.’
    • ‘Teenagers loved his youthful sincerity and adults his non-ecclesiastical demeanor.’
    • ‘Charles II frequently used it for non-ecclesiastical purposes.’
    • ‘Winchester was the only non-ecclesiastical man of mark who attended Katherine's funeral.’
    • ‘It applies in all nonecclesiastical universities, whereas the canonical mission applies only in ecclesiastical faculties.’
    non-clerical, non-ordained, secular, temporal
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