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ecclesiasticism

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecclesiastical principles, practices, and activities.
  • n. Excessive adherence to ecclesiastical principles and forms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Strong attachment to ecclesiastical usages, forms, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Strong attachment to ecclesiastical usages, forms, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Strong adherence to the principles and organization of the church, or to ecclesiastical observances, privileges, etc.; devotion to the interests of the church and the extension of its influence in its external relations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. religion appropriate to a church and to ecclesiastical principles and practices
  • n. excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities

Etymologies

ecclesiastic +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Or, if the Protestants of all classes would abandon their contemptuous attitude towards so-called ecclesiasticism and ritualism, and criticise themselves, saying: We have had too much confidence in human reason and human words.

    The Agony of the Church (1917)

  • There is also here laid down for us the great principle, as against all narrowness and all externalism, and all so-called ecclesiasticism, that to be joined to Jesus Christ is the one condition which brings a man into the blessed unity of the Church.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians; Epistles of St. Peter and St. John

  • In estimating the energy of a social force, such as ecclesiasticism, the indirect are often more striking than the direct manifestations of power, and this is eminently true of Massachusetts; for, notwithstanding her ministers had always been astute and indefatigable politicians, their greatest triumphs were invariably won by some layman whose mind they had moulded and whom they put forward as their champion.

    The Emancipation of Massachusetts

  • I don't like what may be called ecclesiasticism, partly because it emphasizes the intellectual side of belief, partly because it tries to cast a slur on the people who don't like ceremonial, and whom it does not suit ” and most of all because ecclesiasticism aims at making you believe that other people can transact spiritual business on your account.

    Father Payne

  • In 1890 Wisconsin Governor William D. Hoard claimed that German-Americans were engaged in a conspiracy to darken the understanding of the children, and called for native born Americans to fight alienism and selfish ecclesiasticism by closing all German language schools in the state and making education in government schooling compulsory.

    Alex Nowrasteh: 40 Million Reasons to Celebrate

  • Encyclopédie which compose this Dictionary embody a mass of scholarly research, criticism, and speculation, lit up with pungent sallies at the formal and tyrannous ecclesiasticism of the period and the bases of belief on which it stood.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • It is known that the Orthodox Churches' reservation is based on the fact that they don't see a theological foundation that justifies the existence of the Eastern Catholic Churches, while for the Catholic Church the fact of their full communion with the Apostolic See of Rome with the bonds of the profession of the faith, of the sacraments and of the ecclesiastical government, justifies their ecclesiasticism and canonicity.

    Challenges of Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

  • Both of these men brought an atmosphere of grim ecclesiasticism into the house.

    Jennie Gerhardt

  • He gives us this contradiction that human thought is at once the grandeur and destruction of life — an opinion imbued with ecclesiasticism, confusing thought with passion.

    Balzac

  • The book is rigidly suppressed by the authorities of most countries, and by all branches of ornaised ecclesiasticism.

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Work on the Nrcromonicon Version 1.2 by Kendrick Kerwin Chua

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