Coptic Church

Coptic Church
Coptic Church Coptic Church The native church of Egypt or church of Alexandria, which in general organization and doctrines resembles the Roman Catholic Church, except that it holds to the Monophysitic doctrine which was condemned (a. d. 451) by the council of Chalcedon, and allows its priests to marry. The ``pope and patriarch'' has jurisdiction over the Abyssinian Church. Since the 7th century the Coptic Church has been so isolated from modifying influences that in many respects it is the most ancient monument of primitive Christian rites and ceremonies. But centuries of subjection to Moslem rule have weakened and degraded it. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Coptic Church — n. the native Christian church of Egypt and of Ethiopia, Monophysitic in doctrine …   English World dictionary

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  • Coptic Church — the native Christian church in Egypt, governed by a patriarch and characterized by an adherence to Monophysitism and the use of the Coptic language in its liturgy. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Coptic Church — noun An Orthodox Church based in Egypt …   Wiktionary

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