established church

noun

Definition of established church

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

Examples of established church in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout his life, Morton Jr. was instrumental in establishing churches all throughout the Michigan and Windsor region, but his reach spanned state and country borders, Yvonne said. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2020 Although not a signatory of that letter, Archbishop Justin Welby, the head of England’s established church and a fellow Etonian, is known to share that worry. The Economist, 27 July 2019 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, 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of established church

circa 1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of established church was circa 1702

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“Established church.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/established%20church. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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