a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation.
Compare national church.
Origin of established church
First recorded in 1650–60
Also called state church.
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a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp the Church of England
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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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