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established church

noun
1.
a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation.
Also called state church.
Compare national church.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60
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British Dictionary definitions for established church

Established Church

noun
1.
a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp the Church of England
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established church in Culture

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A church supported by the government as a national institution. The Church of England is an established church in England, as is the Lutheran Church in the countries of Scandinavia and the Presbyterian Church in Scotland.

established church definition


A religious denomination that receives financial and other support from the government, often to the exclusion of support for other denominations. (See under “World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion.”)

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Encyclopedia Article for established church

a church recognized by law as the official church of a state or nation and supported by civil authority. Though not strictly created by a legal contract, the legal establishment is more like a contractual entity than like anything else and, therefore, ordinarily cannot be varied or repudiated by only one party to it. The church is not free to make changes in such things as doctrine, order, or worship without the consent of the state. In accepting such obligations, the church usually, though not always, receives financial support and other special privileges.

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