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free church

noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letters) a church free from state control.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letters) a dissenting or nonconforming church.
3.
(initial capital letters). Also, Free Kirk. (in Scotland) the church established by those who left the Church of Scotland in 1843.
Origin of free church
1825-1835
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35
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Free Church

noun
1.
(mainly Brit)
  1. any Protestant Church, esp the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church
  2. (as modifier): Free-Church attitudes
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