state church

noun, often capitalized S&C

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Examples of state church in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Words Missing from a New York Times Essay about Religious Liberty," 12 Sep. 2019 Thanks to the state church, Britain also had unusually good birth and death records. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "We’ve worried about overpopulation for centuries. And we’ve always been wrong.," 20 Aug. 2019 Uncensored printing offered the possibility of choice, ending the state church’s monopoly on opinion-forming. The Economist, "The stand," 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of state church

1644, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of state church was in 1644

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“State church.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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