the established church in England, Catholic in faith and order, but incorporating many principles of the Protestant Reformation and independent of the papacy.
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How to use Church of England in a sentence
The parsons must be respected, and the great Church-of-England feeling of the people must be considered with affectionate regard.Phineas Redux | Anthony Trollope
Of the "Gospel scheme" this is quite true; of the Church-of-England scheme it is not.Studies of Christianity | James Martineau
The present incumbent is a model of a Church-of-England clergyman.Wild Wales | George Borrow
In this tale, all the best characters are sober Church-of-England people.Apologia pro Vita Sua | John Henry Newman
The last fancy fair, or rather bazaar, held there by the Church-of-England Association, was a very crowded affair.Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume I (of 2) | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for Church of England
the reformed established state Church in England, Catholic in order and basic doctrine, with the Sovereign as its temporal head
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Cultural definitions for Church of England
The established church (see also established church) in England. The Church of England is Protestant and is governed by bishops, with the king or queen as its official head. One of the primary results of the Reformation, it was founded in the early sixteenth century when King Henry VIII declared that he, not the pope, was the head of the Christian Church in England. The Church of England is the original church of the Anglican Communion.
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