encyclical

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin encyclicus, from Ancient Greek εγκυκλιος (enkuklios, circular, general), from εν− (en−) + κύκλος (kúklos, circle).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛnˈsɪklɪkəl/

Noun[edit]

encyclical (plural encyclicals)

  1. A papal letter delivered to Bishops in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Adjective[edit]

encyclical (not comparable)

  1. Intended for general circulation.