Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
encyclical

en·cyc·li·cal

encyclical

pronunciation:
ihn sI klih kl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: in the Roman Catholic Church, a letter from the Pope to the bishops stating a rule or papal opinion on a specific subject.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: intended for wide or general circulation, as a letter.
Word Parts
The word encyclical contains the following part:
cycl, cyclo Greek root that means wheel, circle