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Meaning of encyclical

en•cyc•li•cal

Pronunciation: (en-sik'li-kul, -sī'kli-), [key]
— n.
  1. a letter addressed by the pope to all the bishops of the church.
—adj.
  1. (of a letter) intended for wide or general circulation; general.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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