established church


Definition of established church 

: a church recognized by law as the official church of a nation or state and supported by civil authority

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Some members of the Board of Adjustment appeared sympathetic to the non-legally established churches, however, and the board voted to overturn the hearing officer's decision in favor of the churches and other community opposition. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Tactics scrutinized in Phoenix medical-marijuana dispensary cases," 10 May 2018 Schmidt has preached throughout the Midwest, established churches and has degrees from an independent Baptist college. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A blindside': Acting sheriff Richard Schmidt talks David Clarke, jail reform and faith," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of established church

circa 1702, in the meaning defined above

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