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Low Church

pertaining to the view or practice in the Anglican Church that emphasizes evangelicalism and lays little stress on the sacraments, church rituals, and church authority.
Origin of Low Church
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Low Church
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  • Hawkins was the Brotherton bookseller on the Low Church side.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • His friends said that he was evangelical, and his enemies said that he was Low Church.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • High Church, term used in contradistinction from Low Church.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • The doctrine it contains leans rather to the Low Church side.


    William John Courthope
  • The mistake is, in supposing that the Church as by law established is Low Church.

    The London Pulpit J. Ewing Ritchie
  • In England the so-called Low Church party is evangelical in its views.

  • He was high church, because he had lived among the Low Church party.

    Interludes Horace Smith
  • She was Low Church, like my mother-in-law; but, oh, so much nicer!

    Lady Rose's Daughter Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I heard him trying to render the stock phrases of Low Church piety into French for the benefit of the stolid man in grey alpaca.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • I cannot understand sitting still to see my sister carried off into ultra Low Church.'

British Dictionary definitions for Low Church

Low Church

the school of thought in the Church of England stressing evangelical beliefs and practices Compare Broad Church, High Church
of or relating to this school
Derived Forms
Low-Churchman, noun
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