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established church

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 of established church
First recorded in 1650-60 Unabridged
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Established Church

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

established church definition

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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