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Definition of "classis" []

  • Ecclesiastical A governing body of pastors and elders in certain Reformed churches, having jurisdiction over local churches. (noun)
  • Ecclesiastical The district or churches governed by such a body. (noun)

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 "classis" in a sentence
  • "A few, indeed, went back after 1640 -- Mather says some ten or twelve of the ministers of the first "classis" or immigration were among them -- when the victory of the Puritanic party in"
  • "The lower 'classis' has paid its penalty, and only the strong and hardy are left."
  • "****] * A presbytery in Scotland is an inferior ecclesiastical court, the same that was afterwards called a classis in"