state church

noun, often capitalized S&C

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Examples of state church in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Nelson tells it, the Danish kings basically governed the country through the apparatus of the state church, particularly at the lower levels. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 30 Dec. 2020 The twin constitutional pillars of religious liberty in the United States — the free-exercise clause and the establishment clause — don’t just protect liberty by disestablishing religion (by preventing the formation of a state church). David French, National Review, 12 Sep. 2019 Thanks to the state church, Britain also had unusually good birth and death records. Kelsey Piper, Vox, 20 Aug. 2019 Uncensored printing offered the possibility of choice, ending the state church’s monopoly on opinion-forming. The Economist, 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of state church

1644, in the meaning defined above

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“State church.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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