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church rate

noun, Ecclesiastical.
(formerly in England and Ireland) a compulsory assessment imposed on the parishioners' holdings of houses or land in order to repair the parish church and maintain its services.
Origin of church rate
1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now I do not write all this for the sake of the church-rate question.

  • A church-rate is also levied, to which it does not appear what response is made.

    The Church Index William Pepperell
  • It is wrong to compel, and wrong to refuse, the payment of a church-rate.

  • The churchwardens were re-elected, and the church-rate was carried.

    Stones of the Temple Walter Field
  • This is the principle on which it seems to me right to act in church-rate matters.

  • In 1833 the church-rate question was originally raised in Bungay, and many of the Dissenters refused to pay.

    East Anglia J. Ewing Ritchie
  • He said they were wrong to make the tribute, or church-rate, if it really was such, compulsory.

  • Now-a-days, however, it is church-rate Martyrdom; and Tag-rag has had many imitators!

  • This covers everything, and beyond it there is nothing but a church-rate, voluntarily given, amounting to about 25l.

    The Church Index William Pepperell
  • This was done at an expense of 5,000l., which was met by a church-rate of sixpence in the pound, spreading over three years.

    The Church Index William Pepperell

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