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church

noun

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1 a building for public worship and especially Christian worship
  • a city that is noted for its many historic churches

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2 a body of persons gathered for religious worship
  • spoke to the whole church at once

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3 the group ordained to perform clerical functions in the Christian church
  • a time when few young men seem to want to join the church

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The first known use of church was before the 12th century

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“Church.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/church. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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