established church
noun Date: circa 1702 a church recognized by law as the official church of a nation or state and supported by civil authority

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  • Established church — 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

  • established church — n. 1. a church officially recognized by the government and supported as a national institution 2. [E C ] the Church of England …   English World dictionary

  • Established church — An established church is a church officially sanctioned and supported by the government of a country, e.g. the Church of England in the United Kingdom.Church of EnglandThe Church of England is the established church in England, of which the… …   Wikipedia

  • established church — noun the church that is recognized as the official church of a nation • Hypernyms: ↑religion, ↑faith, ↑organized religion * * * noun : a church that is recognized by law as the official church of a nation, that is supported by civil authority,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • established church — a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation. Also called state church. Cf. national church. [1650 60] * * *       a church recognized by law as the official church of a state or… …   Universalium

  • established church — estab′lished church′ n. rel a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation …   From formal English to slang

  • established church — noun a church that is officially recognized as a national institution by a government; in England it is the Church of England …   Wiktionary

  • Established Church —    The Church designated the official Church of the nation …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • established church — /əˌstæblɪʃt ˈtʃɜtʃ/ (say uh.stablisht cherch), /ɛs / (say es ) noun a church recognised and sometimes partly supported by the state …   Australian English dictionary

  • Established Church of Scotland —     Established Church of Scotland     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Established Church of Scotland     The religious organization which has for three centuries and a half claimed the adherence of the majority of the inhabitants of Scotland, may be… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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