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[kong-gri-gey-shuh-nl-iz-uh m]
  1. a form of Protestant church government in which each local religious society is independent and self-governing.
  2. (initial capital letter) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.
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Origin of congregationalism

First recorded in 1640–50; congregational + -ism
Related formscon·gre·ga·tion·al·ist, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples of congregationalism

  • Socially, it was the first fruits of their conversion from Congregationalism.

    The Squirrel-Cage

    Dorothy Canfield

  • (for their sakes we say it,) the Congregationalism of New-England governs it.

  • I must now pass from local and personal affairs to notice a movement in Congregationalism at large.

  • After the war of 1815, the division of Congregationalism into Orthodoxy and Unitarianism, commenced.

  • In church polity he held that congregationalism constituted the most fitting environment in which religion could achieve her work.

British Dictionary definitions for congregationalism


  1. a system of Christian doctrines and ecclesiastical government in which each congregation is self-governing and maintains bonds of faith with other similar local congregations
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Derived FormsCongregationalist, adjective, noun
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