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  1. an agreement or compact, especially an official one.
  2. an agreement between the pope and a secular government regarding the regulation of church matters.
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Origin of concordat

1610–20; < French; replacing concordate < Medieval Latin concordātum, Latin: neuter of concordātus, past participle of concordāre to be in agreement. See concord, -ate1
Related formscon·cor·da·to·ry [kon-kawr-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kɒnˈkɔr dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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  1. a pact or treaty, esp one between the Vatican and another state concerning the interests of religion in that state
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Word Origin

C17: via French, from Medieval Latin concordātum, from Latin: something agreed, from concordāre to be of one mind; see concord
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Word Origin and History for concordat


"agreement between church and state on a mutual matter," 1610s, from French concordat (16c.), from Medieval Latin concordatum, noun use of Latin concordatum, neuter past participle of concordare "to agree," from concors (genitive concordis) "of one mind" (see concord).

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