established church

  1. a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation.

Origin of established church

First recorded in 1650–60

Words Nearby established church Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use established church in a sentence

  • But if the established church was the one favoured body, it had to pay dearly for its privileges.

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  • These people called themselves puritans, as pretending to a purer faith than those of the established church.

British Dictionary definitions for Established Church

Established Church

  1. a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp the Church of England

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Cultural definitions for established church (1 of 2)

established church

A church supported by the government as a national institution. The Church of England is an established church in England, as is the Lutheran Church in the countries of Scandinavia and the Presbyterian Church in Scotland.

established church

A religious denomination that receives financial and other support from the government, often to the exclusion of support for other denominations. (See under “World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion.”)

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