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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
First recorded in 1695-1705
Related forms
High Churchman, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for High Church
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  • She was brought up in High Church principles, but changed her parties according to her interest.

    Women of History Anonymous
  • The High Church party obtained the ascendancy and abused their power.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • The High Church party, on their side, reprobated it with no less severity.

    The English Church in the Eighteenth Century Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  • High Church, term used in contradistinction from Low Church.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Oxford has stood chiefly for the reactionary ideas of the High Church Anglicans.

    A Year in Europe Walter W. Moore
  • They may end in High Church, broad church, or no church at all.

    The Great Commission C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • These societies were, of course, distinctly Anglican in origin and character, and were stamped with the High Church theology.

    Collections and Recollections George William Erskine Russell
  • The bigotry of his High Church subjects was too strong for him.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
  • He was lauded to the skies, and deemed to have achieved the great end sought by the High Church party.

    Canada and the Canadians, Vol. 2 Richard Henry Bonnycastle
  • He was of the High Church, but was opposed to the extreme Tractarians.

    The Age of Tennyson Hugh Walker
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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