Church militant
Militant Mil"i*tant, a. [L. militans, -antis, p. pr. of militare to be soldier: cf. F. militant. See {Militate}.] Engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a soldier. -- {Mil"i*tant*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

At which command the powers militant . . . Moved on in silence. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Church militant}, the Christian church on earth, which is supposed to be engaged in a constant warfare against its enemies, and is thus distinguished from the church triumphant, in heaven. [1913 Webster]


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  • Church militant — Church Church (ch[^u]rch), n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako n the Lord s house, fr. kyriako s concerning a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • church militant — noun Usage: often capitalized C&M Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin ecclesia militans : the Christian church on earth regarded as engaged in a constant warfare against its enemies, the powers of evil distinguished from church triumphant …   Useful english dictionary

  • church militant — Theol. those Christians on earth who are engaged in a continuous war against evil and the enemies of Christ. Cf. church triumphant. [1530 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • Church Militant —    See Church Catholic …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • church militant —  Церковь, воинствующая …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Church militant and church triumphant — The Church Militant and the Church Triumphant by Andrea da Firenze In Christian theology, the Christian Church, or Church Universal, is traditionally divided into: the Church Militant (Ecclesia M …   Wikipedia

  • the Church Militant — the body of living Christian believers, regarded as striving to combat evil on earth (contrasted with the Church Triumphant in heaven). → church …   English new terms dictionary

  • Church — (ch[^u]rch), n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako n the Lord s house, fr. kyriako s concerning a master or lord …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Church living — Church Church (ch[^u]rch), n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako n the Lord s house, fr. kyriako s concerning a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Church of England — Church Church (ch[^u]rch), n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako n the Lord s house, fr. kyriako s concerning a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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