Definition of encyclical in English:


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  • A papal letter sent to all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church.

    ‘For the next hundred years, scholars, theologians, and students will be pouring over the papal encyclicals that have come out of the Vatican.’
    • ‘Still, he relies exclusively on the magisterial expressions found in the new catechism and in papal encyclicals.’
    • ‘At that time, English Catholic school children studied the papal encyclicals Rerum novarum and Quadragesimo anno.’
    • ‘His answer to problems seems to be to write more encyclicals - encyclicals to which people pay lip service but which they then promptly ignore.’
    • ‘Similarly, he discusses two papal encyclicals that express views of marriage different from those that had prevailed earlier.’
    • ‘In March 1937, a papal encyclical had condemned the persecution of the Catholic Church in Germany.’
    • ‘I don't read the papal encyclical on human life that way myself.’
    • ‘The Pope issued 13 encyclicals, including three on socio-economic questions, and wrote several best-selling books.’
    • ‘Leo wrote some eighty-five encyclicals, most of them fairly brief.’
    • ‘Leo XIII wrote some eleven encyclicals on the rosary and decided that October would be dedicated to it.’



/inˈsiklək(ə)l/ /ɪnˈsɪklək(ə)l/ /enˈsiklək(ə)l/ /ɛnˈsɪklək(ə)l/


Mid 17th century (as an adjective): via late Latin from Greek enkuklios ‘circular, general’, from en- ‘in’ + kuklos ‘a circle’.