church militant

noun, often capitalized C&M

Definition of church militant

: the Christian church on earth regarded as engaged in a constant warfare against its enemies, the powers of evil distinguished from church triumphant

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First Known Use of church militant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for church militant

translation of Medieval Latin ecclesia militans

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“Church militant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/church%20militant. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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