encyclical

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin encyclicus +‎ -al, from Ancient Greek ἐγκύκλιος (enkúklios, circular, general), from ἐν- (en-) + κύκλος (kúklos, circle).

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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.