disestablish

[dis-i-stab-lish]
verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive of the character of being established; cancel; abolish.
  2. to withdraw exclusive state recognition or support from (a church).

Origin of disestablish

First recorded in 1590–1600; dis-1 + establish
Related formsdis·es·tab·lish·ment, nounun·dis·es·tab·lished, adjective
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Examples from the Web for disestablishment

Historical Examples of disestablishment

  • This step followed legitimately after the disestablishment of the Irish Church.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Was not the disestablishment of the Church to remove all cause of discontent?

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Speaking generally, the Church brought about its own disestablishment by its own fault.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • So far as I can make out, something like the "disestablishment of the Church."

    Appearances

    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • (seeing no help for it short of a second reformation, or disestablishment).

    Happy-Thought Hall

    F. C. Burnand


British Dictionary definitions for disestablishment

disestablish

verb
  1. (tr) to deprive (a church, custom, institution, etc) of established status
Derived Formsdisestablishment, noun
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