[kong-gri-gey-shuh-nl-iz-uh m]


a form of Protestant church government in which each local religious society is independent and self-governing.
(initial capital letter) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.

Origin of congregationalism

First recorded in 1640–50; congregational + -ism
Related formscon·gre·ga·tion·al·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
Derived FormsCongregationalist, adjective, noun
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