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congregationalism

[kong-gri-gey-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
a form of Protestant church government in which each local religious society is independent and self-governing.
2.
(initial capital letter) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; congregational + -ism
Related forms
congregationalist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for congregationalism

Congregationalism

/ˌkɒŋɡrɪˈɡeɪʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a system of Christian doctrines and ecclesiastical government in which each congregation is self-governing and maintains bonds of faith with other similar local congregations
Derived Forms
Congregationalist, adjective, noun
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