- to deprive of the character of being established; cancel; abolish.
- to withdraw exclusive state recognition or support from (a church).
Origin of disestablish
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Examples from the Web for disestablish
You see they want to disestablish everything; but I'm a pretty big landowner here, and I don't want to be disestablished.The Portrait of a Lady
These forcible-feeble reactionaries are much more likely to explode a revolution that will disestablish us.Soul of a Bishop
H. G. Wells
Besides, what person in his senses would think of trying to disestablish John Backhouse?Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
You must not disestablish the Church: you must not even leave the Church: you must stop inside it and think what you choose.The Victorian Age in Literature
G. K. Chesterton
The great business of the session of 1869 was, of course, the Bill to disestablish and disendow the Irish Church.Sixty Years a Queen
Sir Herbert Maxwell
- (tr) to deprive (a church, custom, institution, etc) of established status
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