state religion


the official religion of a state as established by law.

Origin of state religion

First recorded in 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for state religion

  • A religion violently imposed from without as a state-religion naturally tends to hypocrisy and externalism.

  • The doctrine of a state-religion was not clearly defined or vigorously upheld.

    The Apostles|Ernest Renan
  • The light persiflage with which the philosophy of the Augustan age treated the state-religion nearly disappears.