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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
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33 words

(Gk., en, ‘in’, + kyklos, ‘circle’). ...

A pastoral letter intended for circulation among all the churches of an

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

a papal letter sent to all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. The word is recorded (as an adjective) from the mid 17th century, and comes via late Latin from Greek ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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201 words

(lit. “circular”), in the narrow sense of the word, a formal pastoral letter sent by the pope to the entire ...

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, History
Length:
125 words

A word originally meaning ‘circular letters’ (Latin: litteræ encyclicæ) and applied in the early Church to generally circulated letters ...

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