[ dis-i-stab-lish ]
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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

Other words from disestablish

  • dis·es·tab·lish·ment, noun
  • un·dis·es·tab·lished, adjective

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How to use disestablish in a sentence

  • Lines of division remained strongly marked, and those who aimed at Disestablishment were bent on a more sweeping change.

  • In Ireland, ecclesiastical law disappeared with the disestablishment of the Church.

  • Disestablishment a crime against God; sermon preached by the Vicar of something Parva in eighteen seventy three.

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker | Harley Granville-Barker
  • Need he repeat to me his thankfulness at my new attitude upon Disestablishment .

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker | Harley Granville-Barker
  • That idea was consistently rejected, and, stranger still, the idea of disestablishment and separation was almost unperceived.

    Lectures on the French Revolution | John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

British Dictionary definitions for disestablish


/ (ˌdɪsɪˈstæblɪʃ) /

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

Derived forms of disestablish

  • disestablishment, noun

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