(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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How to use church rate in a sentence
In 1833 the Church-rate question was originally raised in Bungay, and many of the Dissenters refused to pay.East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
The poor rate is no longer made at the Vestry; the church rate is a thing of the past; and what is then left?The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
This was done at an expense of 5,000l., which was met by a church-rate of sixpence in the pound, spreading over three years.The Church Index | William Pepperell
This covers everything, and beyond it there is nothing but a church-rate, voluntarily given, amounting to about 25l.The Church Index | William Pepperell
On one occasion there was a most hot debate on the voting of a church-rate, which should embrace a new pulpit.Stories of Comedy | Various