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state religion

the official religion of a state as established by law.
Origin of state religion
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • But Islam is in essence a state religion rather than a church.

  • Nevertheless Shinto is, ostensibly at any rate, still the state religion.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • The prevailing religion is also the state religion, but all others are tolerated.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
  • We object to a state religion—then we would have no religion at all.

    The Law Frdric Bastiat
  • In this state religion found him, and administered the happy cure.

  • It must either be exterminated, or else adopted as the state religion.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • The heathen world was a waste, and Christianity had become the state religion.

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg

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