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[kon-kawr-dat] /kɒnˈkɔr dæt/
an agreement or compact, especially an official one.
an agreement between the pope and a secular government regarding the regulation of church matters.
1610-20; < French; replacing concordate < Medieval Latin concordātum, Latin: neuter of concordātus, past participle of concordāre to be in agreement. See concord, -ate1
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[kon-kawr-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kɒnˈkɔr dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for concordat


a pact or treaty, esp one between the Vatican and another state concerning the interests of religion in that state
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C17: via French, from Medieval Latin concordātum, from Latin: something agreed, from concordāre to be of one mind; see concord
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Word Origin and History for concordat

"agreement between church and state on a mutual matter," 1610s, from French concordat (16c.), from Medieval Latin concordatum, noun use of Latin concordatum, neuter past participle of concordare "to agree," from concors (genitive concordis) "of one mind" (see concord).

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Encyclopedia Article for concordat

a pact, with the force of international law, concluded between the ecclesiastical authority and the secular authority on matters of mutual concern; most especially a pact between the pope, as head of the Roman Catholic church, and a temporal head of state for the regulation of ecclesiastical affairs in the territory of the latter. Matters often dealt with in concordats include: the rights and liberties of the church; the creation and suppression of dioceses and parishes; the appointment of bishops, pastors, and military chaplains, sometimes with provision for their support; ecclesiastical immunities (e.g., exemption from military service); church property; questions relating to marriage; and religious education.

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