un·​churched ˌən-ˈchərcht How to pronounce unchurched (audio)
: not belonging to or connected with a church

Examples of unchurched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Churches provided a place and a space for grieving, contemplation and reflection on the part of the great unchurched majority of the nation and for adherents of minority faiths. Town & Country, 5 May 2023 But American and European societies are now highly plural and increasingly unchurched. Dominic Green, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 Through stories and conversations, ‘Sanctified’ is a pathway to communal reflection and healing for women who are churched, unchurched or find themselves somewhere in-between. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 27 Oct. 2022 Catholicism has lost many adherents to other faiths, and more recently to the ranks of the unchurched. WSJ, 30 Jan. 2022 Today, Catholicism has lost adherents to other faiths in the region, especially Pentecostalism, and more recently to the ranks of the unchurched. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 This winning style -- and his inclusive view of Christianity -- helped make Palau a popular figure in his adopted home of Portland, a city known for being one of the most unchurched in the country. oregonlive, 11 Mar. 2021 In carrying out this effort, these ministers pitted churched colonists against unchurched colonists, resulting in the wrongful convictions of 20 American colonials. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unchurched was in 1657

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“Unchurched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unchurched. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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