Ecclesiastical commissioners for England, a permanent commission established by Parliament in 1836, to consider and report upon the affairs of the Established Church.Ecclesiastical courts, courts for maintaining the discipline of the Established Church; — called also Christian courts. [Eng.] — Ecclesiastical law, a combination of civil and canon law as administered in ecclesiastical courts. [Eng.] — Ecclesiastical modes(Mus.), the church modes, or the scales anciently used.Ecclesiastical States, the territory formerly subject to the Pope of Rome as its temporal ruler; — called also States of the Church.

(Ec*cle`si*as"tic*al*ly) adv. In an ecclesiastical manner; according ecclesiastical rules.

(Ec*cle`si*as"ti*cism) n. Strong attachment to ecclesiastical usages, forms, etc.

(Ec*cle`si*as"ti*cus) n. [L.] A book of the Apocrypha.

(Ec*cle`si*o*log"ic*al) a. Belonging to ecclesiology.

(Ec*cle`si*ol"o*gist) n. One versed in ecclesiology.

(Ec*cle`si*ol"o*gy) n. [Ecclesia + -logy.] The science or theory of church building and decoration.

(Ec*crit"ic) n. [Gr. secretive, fr. to choose out.] (Med.) A remedy which promotes discharges, as an emetic, or a cathartic.

(Ec"der*on) n. [NL., fr. Gr. out + skin.] (Anat.) See Ecteron.Ec`der*on"ic a.

(||Ec"dy*sis) n.; pl. Ecdyses [NL., fr. Gr. 'e`kdysis a getting out, fr. 'ekdy`ein, to put off; 'ek out + dy`ein to enter.] (Biol.) The act of shedding, or casting off, an outer cuticular layer, as in the case of serpents, lobsters, etc.; a coming out; as, the ecdysis of the pupa from its shell; exuviation.

(Ec"go*nine) n. [Gr. 'e`kgonos sprung from.] (Chem.) A colorless, crystalline, nitrogenous base, obtained by the decomposition of cocaine.

(||É`chau`guette") n. [F.] A small chamber or place of protection for a sentinel, usually in the form of a projecting turret, or the like. See Castle.

(Ech"e) a. or a. pron. Each. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Ech"e*lon) n. [F., fr. échelle ladder, fr. L. scala.]

1. (Mil.) An arrangement of a body of troops when its divisions are drawn up in parallel lines each to the right or the left of the one in advance of it, like the steps of a ladder in position for climbing. Also used adjectively; as, echelon distance. Upton

2. (Naval) An arrangement of a fleet in a wedge or V formation. Encyc. Dict.

(Ec*cle`si*as"tic), n. A person in holy orders, or consecrated to the service of the church and the ministry of religion; a clergyman; a priest.

From a humble ecclesiastic, he was subsequently preferred to the highest dignities of the church.

(Ec*cle`si*as"tic*al) a. [See Ecclesiastical, a.] Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church; not secular; as, ecclesiastical affairs or history; ecclesiastical courts.

Every circumstance of ecclesiastical order and discipline was an abomination.

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