from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Ecclesiastical principles, practices, and activities.
- noun Excessive adherence to ecclesiastical principles and forms.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Strong attachment to ecclesiastical usages, forms, etc.
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- noun Strong attachment to
ecclesiasticalusages, forms, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun religion appropriate to a church and to ecclesiastical principles and practices
- noun excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both of these men brought an atmosphere of grim ecclesiasticism into the house.
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.
The book is rigidly suppressed by the authorities of most countries, and by all branches of ornaised ecclesiasticism.