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church rate

noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. (formerly in England and Ireland) a compulsory assessment imposed on the parishioners' holdings of houses or land in order to repair the parish church and maintain its services.
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Origin of church rate

First recorded in 1705–15
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Historical Examples of church rate

  • A church-rate is also levied, to which it does not appear what response is made.

    The Church Index

    William Pepperell

  • The churchwardens were re-elected, and the church-rate was carried.

  • This is the principle on which it seems to me right to act in church-rate matters.

  • It is wrong to compel, and wrong to refuse, the payment of a church-rate.

  • Now I do not write all this for the sake of the church-rate question.