Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ecclesiastic; one who addresses the church or assembly of the faithful; a preacher or sacred orator; specifically, with the definite article, Coheleth, or the Preacher—that is, Solomon, or the author of the book of Ecclesiastes.
- n. [capitalized] Ecclesiasticus.
- n. A member of the ancient Greek ecclesia; a free Greek citizen having the right to vote in the ecclesia or assembly.
- n. A member of the Athenian Ecclesia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An ecclesiastic.
- n. obsolete The Apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus.
“Only those have right to the name "ecclesiast" who have been redeemed from their sins through Christ's wounds, and who live holy lives.”
“But as Christianity began to spread throughout Anatolia, a Christian ecclesiast outlawed the cult of Artemis in the fifth century.”
“Now of offices some are discontinuous, and the same persons are not allowed to hold them twice, or can only hold them after a fixed interval; others have no limit of time — for example, the office of a dicast or ecclesiast.”
“For the power does not reside in the dicast, or senator, or ecclesiast, but in the court, and the senate, and the assembly, of which individual senators, or ecclesiasts, or dicasts, are only parts or members.”
“Let us not dwell further upon this, which is a purely verbal question; what we want is a common term including both dicast and ecclesiast.”
“Every worshiper was a zealot; every ecclesiast an inquisitor.”
“Not even the highest ecclesiast can be at his devotions always.”
“A famous ecclesiast, when on his way to the coast, was forced to spend the night in the King's Lynn Inn, owing to a violent snowstorm.”
“I have it on the authority of a Mormon ecclesiast, who was in the political confidence of the”
“He was somewhat prominent as an ecclesiast, and he was a Sunday School worker in his ward.”
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