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established church

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

First recorded in 1650–60
Also called state church.
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British Dictionary definitions for established church

Established Church

noun
  1. a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp the Church of England
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established church in Culture

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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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.

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