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  • n. The state or quality of being churchly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Regard for the church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being churchly.


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  • In today's political climate, where Craig's Republican party has so tautly tethered itself to the spires of churchliness, how symbolically different is his indiscretion from that of a clergyman?

    Michael Ames: Forgive Me Father: Priest Favors Forgiveness for Larry Craig

  • While ECUSA continues its headlong ride off the road of Tradition, clerical worthies devise ways to place a patina of ancient churchliness on the events of ordinary life.

    ECUSA's General Convention: just getting started

  • The characteristic poets of the Victorian Era, says Max Plowman, "wrote under the dominance of churchliness, of 'sweetness and light,' and a thousand lesser theories that have not truth but comfort for their end."


  • Special attention has been given to fresh air and light; there is nothing of the dim, religious light that goes with medieval churchliness.

    Acres of Diamonds and His Life and Achievements

  • Yet the risk of death was so inescapable and she was so imbued with churchliness that her dreams were filled with visions of herself dead and buried in unhallowed ground, of herself and Jim standing at heaven's gate and turned away for lack of a blessing on their union.

    We Can't Have Everything

  • Into the drawing room under the ten thousand dollar chandelier he moved a billiard table and the click of ivory balls banished the churchliness of the place.

    Marching Men

  • His all-absorbing churchliness and supernatural claims of sacerdotal supremacy were in nowise incompatible with violations of the most ordinary courtesies of a gentleman, or the most rudimentary virtues of a Christian.

    Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom

  • We would not, however, claim that, in the present state of affairs, on account of a lack of proper understanding and churchliness and because of the unconscious influence of popular notions, there is no need, occasion, and opportunity for still more marked and general awakenings.

    The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church

  • I have learned that piety is no help at all, as if it would connect our outward and visible churchliness with the inward and spiritual Body of Christ.



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