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church +‎ -ical.



churchical (comparative more churchical, superlative most churchical)

  1. (Christianity) Pertaining to or characteristic of church; ecclesiastical.
    Synonyms: churchlike, churchy
    Antonym: unecclesiastical
    • 1863, Norman Macleod & ‎Donald Macleod, Good Words - Volume 4, page 873:
      Meanwhile Sir Edward, amid much chuckling, explained to him in a whispered tone the cause of this unexpected but amusing disturbance, and when the noise had subsided, Steven thus proceeded : — " When I rode through the streets of your giant-like town (applause), and when I saw the many churches which heave their towers up stairs (cheers), I thought, the English are a very churchical people (lond cheers).
    • 1982, Darshana International: An International Quarterly of Philosophy, page 67:
      First of all, very many ages long the churchical dogmas taught that experiencing lust would bs a sin and sexual intercourse vas only tolerated when the aim would be propagation.
    • 2015, B.C. Stwewart, Deep Waters, →ISBN:
      Kate and Max glanced at each other and grinned before Kate answered, “Oh I'm sure Dawn might want to go. But I don't know about Christina, she has a busy social life. She may have something churchical going on."
    • 2017, Nathaniel Mackey, Late Arcade, →ISBN:
      She stood with her back straight, addressing the strings with a churchical assurance, churchical rectitude, as patient a fingerwalk as there ever was.
  2. (music) Belonging to a style of Reggae music that reflects a spiritual sensibility.
    • 1984, Yoshiko S. Nagashima, Rastafarian Music in Contemporary Jamaica, page 94:
      To sum up, Rastafarian music has developed from the traditional chanting and drumming of predominantly "churchical" type to more "secular kind of projection of philosophy, not just confined to chanting but to popular, vernacular, more funky style...and of more general awareness of what is happening in different kinds of relationships.
    • 2000, Stephen Foehr, Jamaican Warriors: Reggae, Roots & Culture, page 95:
      In Rasta music there is the churchical (religious music) and the earthical (music for entertainment). In chants and churchical songs, the accent of the lifeline ridim is on the first and third beat, while in earthical songs the accent is on the second and fourth beat.
    • 2006, The Fader - Issues 40-41, page 164:
      In the mid-'90s, the murder of his running mate Panhead forced him to question the gun talk and controversy that made him famous; the change of heart audible in the slower, churchical rhythms of his third LP 'Til Shiloh broke the mold a second time, in a sense making peace with Marley's restless ghost.
    • 2011, Erik Davis, Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica, →ISBN, page 336:
      The chants and “churchical” beats of traditional Nyabhingi drumming played a vital role in Rastafarian Grounations, communal celebrations notable for their ital feasts, ganja smoking, and mystical theologizing.
  3. (Rastafari) Pertaining to the strain of Rastafarian culture that emphasizes a traditional theocracy.
    • 1991, Everton S. P. McPherson, Rastafari and Politics: Sixty Years of a Developing Cultural Ideology, page 22:
      Ethiopia, the Saviour of the world. Ethiopia as an Empire with hundreds of Ethnic groups with their religious beliefs centered around the House of David; these traditions and customs were taken to Jamaica and were kept alive by underground secret society with the churchical order dealing with divinity and person of the King of Ethiopia, as were passed down orally by the elders to each generation which maintained the faith of their fathers and did not bow to Baal and its idoltry by becoming potestantised.
    • 2003, Ennis Barrington Edmonds, Rastafari: From Outcasts to Culture Bearers, →ISBN, page 70:
      Prince Edward's Ethiopian National Congress, Henry's Peacemakers Association, Abuna Fox's Church of Haile Selassie, the Twelve Tribes of Israel, The Rastafarian theocratic Government, and the Sons of Negus are examples of churchical Rastafarian organizations.
    • 2006, Werner Zips, Rastafari: A Universal Philosophy in the Third Millennium, page 135:
      n line with Rastafari conceptions of an ancient theocracy, their concept of self- determination takes the form of a churchical state.
    • 2014, Jeanne Christensen, Rastafari Reasoning and the RastaWoman, →ISBN, page 110:
      With this caution in mind I suggest that the militant orientation tends to be a more masculine expression, while the churchical remains closer to traditional Afro-Christian gender roles.


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