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ecclesia

Definition of Ecclesia

(noun) An official or unofficial religion considered the state religion.

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Ecclesia Pronunciation

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Syllabification: ec·cle·si·a

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: ecclesiae
  • An ecclesia is often part of a theocracy.
  • There is less tolerance of other religions in societies that have ecclesiae.
  • Also called:
    • State religion
    • State-supported church

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Cite the Definition of Ecclesia

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ecclesia.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 15, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/ecclesia/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

ecclesia. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/ecclesia/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ecclesia.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 15, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/ecclesia/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“ecclesia.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ecclesia/>.