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Definition of "churchly" []

  • Of or relating to a church. (adjective)
  • Appropriate for or suggestive of a church: "aspires to the pure fragrance of churchly incense” ( Martin Bernheimer). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "churchly" in a sentence
  • "This is the kind of churchly message I can go along with."
  • "It is true that "sola scriptura" has all-too often functioned as a licence for individualism - "every man his own pope" - but it originated in a context which emphasised confession as a corporate, "churchly" activity."
  • "They see that as part of their churchly mission, says Matthew Burbank, a political expert at the University of Utah."