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noun
  1. any law requiring a person to belong to the established church of a country as a condition for holding public office.
  2. (initial capital letters) English History. the statute (1673) requiring all military officers and public officials to take an oath of allegiance to the Crown, receive the sacraments of the Church of England, and reject the doctrine of transubstantiation: repealed in 1828.
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Origin of test act

First recorded in 1700–10
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Test Act

noun
  1. a law passed in 1673 in England to exclude Catholics from public life by requiring all persons holding offices under the Crown, such as army officers, to take the Anglican Communion and perform other acts forbidden to a Catholic: repealed in 1828
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