- (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.
Origin of church rate
First recorded in 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for church rate
A church-rate is also levied, to which it does not appear what response is made.The Church Index
The churchwardens were re-elected, and the church-rate was carried.Stones of the Temple
This is the principle on which it seems to me right to act in church-rate matters.Misread Passage of Scriptures
J. Baldwin Brown
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.