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state religion

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noun
  1. the official religion of a state as established by law.

Origin of state religion

First recorded in 1820–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • The doctrine of a state-religion was not clearly defined or vigorously upheld.

    The Apostles

    Ernest Renan

  • The light persiflage with which the philosophy of the Augustan age treated the state-religion nearly disappears.

  • A religion violently imposed from without as a state-religion naturally tends to hypocrisy and externalism.