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verb (used with object)

Origin of church

before 900; Middle English chir(i)che, Old English cir(i)ceGreek kȳri(a)kón (dôma) the Lord's (house), neuter of kȳriakós of the master, equivalent to kȳ́ri(os) master (kŷr(os) power + -ios noun suffix) + -akos, variant of -ikos -ic; akin to Dutch kerk, German Kirche, Old Norse kirkja. See kirk


an·ti·church, adjectivenon·church, nounpro·church, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anti-church

  • Anti-church violence and local subterfuge reduced the collection considerably, but the relics have always been endangered.

    Mary Magdalene and Me|Tracy Quan|November 10, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • Certainly the church is not right, he would argue, but certainly not the anti-church either.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin|Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Misconceptions of long standing, anti-church sentiments, old grievances block the way.

  • He began thinking, as he says, that "certainly the church was not right, but certainly not the anti-church either."

    The Meaning of Faith|Harry Emerson Fosdick

British Dictionary definitions for anti-church (1 of 2)

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Charlotte. born 1986, Welsh soprano, who made her name with the album Voice of an Angel (1998) when she was 12

British Dictionary definitions for anti-church (2 of 2)

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verb (tr)

Church of England to bring (someone, esp a woman after childbirth) to church for special ceremonies
US to impose church discipline upon

Word Origin for church

Old English cirice, from Late Greek kurikon, from Greek kuriakon (dōma) the Lord's (house), from kuriakos of the master, from kurios master, from kuros power
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Culture definitions for anti-church


A group of Christians (see also Christian); church is a biblical word for “assembly.” It can mean any of the following: (1) All Christians, living and dead. (See saints.) (2) All Christians living in the world. (3) One of the large divisions or denominations of Christianity, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, Methodist Church, or Roman Catholic Church. (4) An individual congregation of Christians meeting in one building; also the building itself.

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Idioms and Phrases with anti-church


see poor as a churchmouse.

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