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High Church

adjective, (sometimes lowercase)
pertaining to the view or practice in the Anglican church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition, especially in adherence to sacraments, rituals, and obedience to church authority.
See also Anglo-Catholic.
Origin of High Church
Related forms
High Churchman, noun Unabridged
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  • The croupier announces, intoning as does a high-church curate, "There is seven hundred and forty pounds in the bank, gentlemen."

  • That certainly was a high-church dinner—that one tonight was.

    Ladies and Gentlemen
    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • His lordship is a critic with high Tory principles, and high-church notions.

  • The high-church party owes him canonization, as I said to the bishop yesterday.

  • Annoyed by wrangling sects, she may have too strenuously paraded her high-church principles.

  • His position as a high-church Whig, however, was an anomalous one.

  • Literature was represented by a lady who had written a high-church novel, and fashion by the publisher who had produced it.

    Phyllis of Philistia Frank Frankfort Moore
  • "He is undoubtedly the just fruit of our own toleration," repeated the high-church rector.

    The Seeker Harry Leon Wilson
  • Our high-church chaplain proved to be our only really useful man, at Aspinwall, after all.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • This man was dressed something in the style of our own high-church divines, except that his black coat was longer, I think.

    Willing to Die Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for high-church

High Church

the party or movement within the Church of England stressing continuity with Catholic Christendom, the authority of bishops, and the importance of sacraments, rituals, and ceremonies Compare Broad Church, Low Church
of or relating to this party or movement
Derived Forms
High-Churchman, noun
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