Eastern Church

Eastern Church

noun
1.
any of the churches originating in countries formerly part of the Eastern Roman Empire, observing an Eastern rite and adhering to the Niceno-Constantinopolitan creed; Byzantine Church.
2.
Orthodox Church ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1585–95

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Eastern Church
 
n
1.  any of the Christian Churches of the former Byzantine Empire
2.  any Church owing allegiance to the Orthodox Church and in communion with the Greek patriarchal see of Constantinople
3.  any Church, including Uniat Churches, having Eastern forms of liturgy and institutions

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