[ ih-stab-lish-muhn-tair-ee-uhn ]

  1. of or relating to an established church, especially the Church of England, or the principle of state religion.

  2. (often initial capital letter) of, relating to, or favoring a political or social establishment.

  1. a supporter or adherent of the principle of the establishment of a church by state law; an advocate of state religion.

  2. (often initial capital letter) a person who belongs to or favors a political or social establishment.

Origin of establishmentarian

First recorded in 1840–50; establishment + -arian

Other words from establishmentarian

  • es·tab·lish·men·tar·i·an·ism, noun

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

How to use establishmentarian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for establishmentarian


/ (ɪˌstæblɪʃmənˈtɛərɪən) /

  1. denoting or relating to an Established Church, esp the Church of England

  2. denoting or relating to the principle of a Church being officially recognized as a national institution

  1. an upholder of this principle, esp as applied to the Church of England

Derived forms of establishmentarian

  • establishmentarianism, noun

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