disestablish

verb
dis·​es·​tab·​lish | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈstab-lish How to pronounce disestablish (audio) \
disestablished; disestablishing; disestablishes

Definition of disestablish

transitive verb

: to deprive of an established status especially : to deprive of the status and privileges of an established church

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Other Words from disestablish

disestablishment \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈstab-​lish-​mənt How to pronounce disestablishment (audio) \ noun

Examples of disestablish in a Sentence

efforts to disestablish the Church of England

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It was launched in 1985 and disestablished in 2002 as the Pentagon reorganized in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Washington Post, "Trump officially launches U.S. Space Command in counter to Russia, China threats," 29 Aug. 2019 The Second Fleet was disestablished in 2011 for cost-savings and a changing strategic environment. Ryan Browne, CNN, "US Navy re-establishes Second Fleet amid Russia tensions," 4 May 2018 Did Congress explicitly disestablish the Creek reservation at any point? Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Grisly Murder Case That Could Turn Half of Oklahoma Back Into Tribal Lands," 15 Mar. 2018 Thomas Jefferson had strong views on religion, but his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom disestablished the Church of England and established religious liberty for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, even pagans. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Does America Still Believe in the Right to Be Wrong?," 27 Sep. 2017 Thomas Jefferson had strong views on religion, but his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom disestablished the Church of Englandand established religious liberty for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, even pagans. Jonah Goldberg, Alaska Dispatch News, "We’ve lost respect for the right to be wrong," 27 Sep. 2017 In his efforts to mark a break from the Ottoman Empire and consolidate the new Turkish Republic, Ataturk moved to disestablish Islam. Steven A. Cook, The Atlantic, "Turkey's Identity Crisis," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of disestablish

1598, in the meaning defined above

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disestablish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disestablish

formal : to take away a particular church's status as the official church of a nation or state

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