from The Century Dictionary.
- Circular; sent to all members of some circle or class.
- In botany, isomerous, with regular alternation of parts: applied to flowers in which the petals, stamens, etc., are equal in number in each whorl, alternating with each other.
- noun A circular letter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Sent to many persons or places; intended for many, or for a whole order of men; general; circular.
- noun An encyclical letter, esp. one from a pope.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An
encyclical; a papal letter.
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"He who is practicing to abide in the city of perfect virtue, before he can be inscribed as a citizen thereof, must sojourn with the 'encyclic' sciences, so that through them he may advance securely to perfect goodness." [
“He who is practicing to abide in the city of perfect virtue, before he can be inscribed as a citizen thereof, must sojourn with the 'encyclic' sciences, so that through them he may advance securely to perfect goodness.” [
Later the Greeks called the liberal arts also “encyclic” arts.
They went; but they returned with the message, that they found the bishop not well, entreating me very much that although he could not sign my encyclic Epistle, I should go in the church, and difficulties would be then amicably settled.
Urban himself addressed the usual encyclic letters, proclaiming his elevation, to all the prelates in Christendom.
On the 9th of August the cardinals at Anagni publicly declared, they announced in encyclic letters addressed to the faithful in all Christendom, that the election of Urban VI was carried by force and the fear of death; that through the same force and fear he had been inaugurated, enthroned, and crowned; that he was an apostate, an accursed antichrist.
Yet Roman blood has flowed also; I saw how it stained the walls of the Vatican Gardens on the 30th of April -- the first anniversary of the appearance of Pius IX. 's too famous encyclic letter.
After disentangling some chronological intricacies, he fixes it in the years 864 or 865, a date which might have smoothed some doubts and difficulties in the beginning of M. Leveque’s history.] 60 When Photius wrote his encyclic epistle on the conversion of the Russians, the miracle was not yet sufficiently ripe.] 61 Leo Grammaticus, p. 463,