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[dis-i-stab-lish] /ˌdɪs ɪˈstæb lɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to deprive of the character of being established; cancel; abolish.
to withdraw exclusive state recognition or support from (a church).
Origin of disestablish
1590-1600; dis-1 + establish
Related forms
disestablishment, noun
undisestablished, adjective Unabridged
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  • Besides, what person in his senses would think of trying to disestablish John Backhouse?

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Abolish him, and disestablish hell, and their occupation would be gone.

    Bible Romances George W. Foote
  • These forcible-feeble reactionaries are much more likely to explode a revolution that will disestablish us.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • You see they want to disestablish everything; but I'm a pretty big landowner here, and I don't want to be disestablished.

  • It is thought right to disestablish the Church: well, then, let the Clergy go!

  • You must not disestablish the Church: you must not even leave the Church: you must stop inside it and think what you choose.

  • The great business of the session of 1869 was, of course, the Bill to disestablish and disendow the Irish Church.

    Sixty Years a Queen Sir Herbert Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for disestablish


(transitive) to deprive (a church, custom, institution, etc) of established status
Derived Forms
disestablishment, noun
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