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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
First recorded in 1590-1600; dis-1 + establish
Related forms
disestablishment, noun
undisestablished, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disestablishment
Historical Examples
  • This step followed legitimately after the disestablishment of the Irish Church.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Was not the disestablishment of the Church to remove all cause of discontent?

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Speaking generally, the Church brought about its own disestablishment by its own fault.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • So far as I can make out, something like the "disestablishment of the Church."

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • (seeing no help for it short of a second reformation, or disestablishment).

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • We are going to take up the 'disestablishment of the English Church.'

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • My dear old Pieface, your Church wont be any good till you get disestablishment.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Welsh disestablishment question, Chamberlain's article on, iii.

  • The effects of disestablishment have been partly good and partly evil.

  • But you seem to think that disestablishment will destroy religion.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
British Dictionary definitions for disestablishment


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