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church rate

noun, Ecclesiastical.
(formerly in England and Ireland) a compulsory assessment imposed on the parishioners' holdings of houses or land in order to repair the parish church and maintain its services.
Origin of church rate
First recorded in 1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The refusal of the Quakers to pay the church rate will be noticed hereafter.

    The Church of Grasmere Mary L. Armitt
  • The poor rate is no longer made at the Vestry; the church rate is a thing of the past; and what is then left?

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • Mr. G. Blake had been summoned for refusal, on conscientious grounds, to pay the church rate.

    Yarmouth Notes Frederick Danby Palmer
  • Then comes the village school subscription; sometimes a church rate (legally voluntary, but morally binding), &c.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • The first church rate book only begins in 1776, but it is curious as showing to whom the land then belonged.

    Old Times at Otterbourne Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It has been a disgrace to all parties concerned, and an injury to every housekeeper, that a church rate has existed.

    Church Reform Richard Carlile
  • Some few bold Puritan souls dared to protest against being forced to pay the church rate whether they wished to or not.

    Sabbath in Puritan New England Alice Morse Earle
  • He was appointed by the parishioners in vestry, and his wages were payable out of the church rate.

  • September 25—church rate contest at Dudley, carried on with all the zeal witnessed at a general election.

  • But in some parishes the organist is, or was, when paid out of the church rate, selected by the vestry.

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