a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation.
- Also called state church.
- Compare national church.
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How to use established church in a sentence
UKIP also supports the monarchy and the established church of England.
The theologians checked the messages against established church beliefs.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide? | Nina Strochlic | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Church of England was the established church of Virginia, and the people were taxed for the parsons' salaries.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Later in the century, they had entirely drifted away from any direct association with the established church.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
He spoke against capital punishment, against church-rates, against flogging in the army, and against the Irish established church.
British Dictionary definitions for Established Church
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)
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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