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church

  

      n  
1    a building designed for public forms of worship, esp. Christian worship  
2    an occasion of public worship  
3    the clergy as distinguished from the laity  
4    usually cap   institutionalized forms of religion as a political or social force  
conflict between Church and State     
5    usually cap   the collective body of all Christians  
6    often cap   a particular Christian denomination or group of Christian believers  
7    often cap   the Christian religion  
8    (in Britain) the practices or doctrines of the Church of England and similar denominations  
   Compare       chapel       4b  
  
Related adj  
    ecclesiastical  
      vb   tr  
9      (Church of England)   to bring (someone, esp. a woman after childbirth) to church for special ceremonies  
10      (U.S.)   to impose church discipline upon  
     (Old English cirice, from Late Greek kurikon, from Greek kuriakon (doma) the Lord's (house), from kuriakos of the master, from kurios master, from kuros power)  


Anglican Church  
      n   any Church of the Anglican Communion or the Anglican Communion itself  
Armenian Church  
      n   the national Church of Armenia, founded in the early fourth century a.d., the dogmas and liturgy of which are similar to those of the Orthodox Church  
Broad Church  
      n  
1    a party within the Church of England which favours a broad and liberal interpretation of Anglican formularies and rubrics and objects to positive definition in theology  
   Compare       High Church       Low Church  
2    usually not caps   a group or movement which embraces a wide and varied number of views, approaches, and opinions  
      adj  
  Broad-Church  
3    of or relating to this party in the Church of England  
Byzantine Church  
      n      another name for the       Orthodox Church  
Catholic Church  
      n  
1       short for       Roman Catholic Church  
2    any of several Churches claiming to have maintained continuity with the ancient and undivided Church  
Church Army  
      n   a voluntary Anglican organization founded in 1882 to assist the parish clergy  
Church Commissioners  
      pl n     (Brit)   a group of representatives of Church and State that administers the endowments and property of the Church of England  
church key  
      n     (U.S)   a device with a triangular point at one end for making holes in the tops of cans  
church mode  
      n     (Music)      a less common name for       mode       3a  
Church of Christ, Scientist  
      n      the official name for the       Christian Scientists  
Church of England  
      n   the reformed established state Church in England, Catholic in order and basic doctrine, with the Sovereign as its temporal head  
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints  
      n   the official name for the Mormon Church  
Church of Rome  
      n      another name for the       Roman Catholic Church  
Church of Scotland  
      n   the established church in Scotland, Calvinist in doctrine and Presbyterian in constitution  
church parade  
      n   a parade by servicemen or members of a uniformed organization for the purposes of attending religious services  
Church Slavonic   , Slavic  
      n   Old Church Slavonic, esp. as preserved in the liturgical use of the Orthodox church  
church text  
      n   a heavy typeface in Gothic style  
collegiate church  
      n  
1      (R.C. Church, Church of England)   a church that has an endowed chapter of canons and prebendaries attached to it but that is not a cathedral  
2      (U.S. Protestantism)   one of a group of churches presided over by a body of pastors  
3      (Scot. Protestantism)   a church served by two or more ministers  
4    a large church endowed in the Middle Ages to become a school  
5    a chapel either endowed by or connected with a college  
Congregational Church  
      n   any evangelical Protestant Christian Church that is governed according to the principles of Congregationalism. In 1972 the majority of churches in the Congregational Church in England and Wales voted to become part of the United Reformed Church  
Coptic Church  
      n   the ancient Christian Church of Egypt  
Dutch Reformed Church  
      n   any of the three Calvinist Churches to which most Afrikaans-speaking South Africans belong  
Eastern Church  
      n  
1    any of the Christian Churches of the former Byzantine Empire  
2    any Church owing allegiance to the Orthodox Church and in communion with the Greek patriarchal see of Constantinople  
3    any Church, including Uniat Churches, having Eastern forms of liturgy and institutions  
Eastern Orthodox Church  
      n      another name for the       Orthodox Church  
Episcopal Church  
      n   an autonomous branch of the Anglican Communion in Scotland and the U.S.  
Established Church  
      n   a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp. the Church of England  
Free Church  
      n     (Chiefly Brit)  
a    any Protestant Church, esp. the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church  
b    (as modifier)  
Free-Church attitudes     
Greek Church  
      n      another name for the       Greek Orthodox Church  
Greek Orthodox Church  
      n  
1      (Also called)    Greek Church   the established Church of Greece, governed by the holy synod of Greece, in which the Metropolitan of Athens has primacy of honour  
2       another name for       Orthodox Church  
High Church  
      n  
1    the party or movement within the Church of England stressing continuity with Catholic Christendom, the authority of bishops, and the importance of sacraments, rituals, and ceremonies  
   Compare       Broad Church       Low Church  
      adj  
  High-Church  
2    of or relating to this party or movement  
  High-Churchman      n  
Latin Church  
      n   the Roman Catholic Church  
Low Church  
      n  
1    the school of thought in the Church of England stressing evangelical beliefs and practices  
   Compare       Broad Church       High Church  
      adj  
  Low-Church  
2    of or relating to this school  
  Low-Churchman      n  
Moravian Church  
      n   a Protestant Church originating in Moravia in 1722 as a revival of the sect of Bohemian Brethren. It has close links with the Lutheran Church  
New Church  
      n      another name for the       New Jerusalem Church  
New Jerusalem Church  
      n   a sect founded in 1787 on the teachings of Swedenborg,   (Often shortened to)    New Church  
Old Church Slavonic   , Slavic  
      n   the oldest recorded Slavonic language: the form of Old Slavonic into which the Bible was translated in the ninth century, preserved as a liturgical language of various Orthodox Churches: belonging to the South Slavonic subbranch of languages  
Orthodox Church  
      n  
1      (Also called)    Byzantine Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Greek Orthodox Church   the collective body of those Eastern Churches that were separated from the western Church in the 11th century and are in communion with the Greek patriarch of Constantinople  
2    any of these Churches  
parochial church council  
      n     (Church of England)   an elected body of lay representatives of the members of a parish that administers the affairs of the parish  
Protestant Episcopal Church  
      n      the full title of the       Episcopal Church  
Roman Catholic Church  
      n   the Christian Church over which the pope presides, with administrative headquarters in the Vatican,   (Also called)    Catholic Church, Church of Rome  
Russian Orthodox Church  
      n   the national Church of Russia, constituting a branch of the Eastern Church presided over by the Patriarch of Moscow  
States of the Church  
      pl n      another name for the       Papal States  
Unification Church  
      n   a religious sect founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon (born 1920), S Korean industrialist and religious leader  
   See also       Moonie  
United Church of Christ  
      n   a U.S. Protestant denomination formed in 1957 from the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Church  
United Reformed Church  
      n   (in England and Wales) a Protestant denomination formed from the union of the Presbyterian and Congregational churches in 1972  
Western Church  
      n  
1    the part of Christendom that derives its liturgy, discipline, and traditions principally from the patriarchate of Rome, as contrasted with the part that derives these from the other ancient patriarchates, esp. that of Constantinople  
2    the Roman Catholic Church, sometimes together with the Anglican Communion of Churches  
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house group   , church         
      n   a group of Christians who regularly meet to worship, study the Bible, etc. in someone's house  


Anglican Church  
      n   any Church of the Anglican Communion or the Anglican Communion itself  
Armenian Church  
      n   the national Church of Armenia, founded in the early fourth century a.d., the dogmas and liturgy of which are similar to those of the Orthodox Church  
Broad Church  
      n  
1    a party within the Church of England which favours a broad and liberal interpretation of Anglican formularies and rubrics and objects to positive definition in theology  
   Compare       High Church       Low Church  
2    usually not caps   a group or movement which embraces a wide and varied number of views, approaches, and opinions  
      adj  
  Broad-Church  
3    of or relating to this party in the Church of England  
Byzantine Church  
      n      another name for the       Orthodox Church  
Catholic Church  
      n  
1       short for       Roman Catholic Church  
2    any of several Churches claiming to have maintained continuity with the ancient and undivided Church  
church         
      n  
1    a building designed for public forms of worship, esp. Christian worship  
2    an occasion of public worship  
3    the clergy as distinguished from the laity  
4    usually cap   institutionalized forms of religion as a political or social force  
conflict between Church and State     
5    usually cap   the collective body of all Christians  
6    often cap   a particular Christian denomination or group of Christian believers  
7    often cap   the Christian religion  
8    (in Britain) the practices or doctrines of the Church of England and similar denominations  
   Compare       chapel       4b  
  
Related adj  
    ecclesiastical  
      vb   tr  
9      (Church of England)   to bring (someone, esp. a woman after childbirth) to church for special ceremonies  
10      (U.S.)   to impose church discipline upon  
     (Old English cirice, from Late Greek kurikon, from Greek kuriakon (doma) the Lord's (house), from kuriakos of the master, from kurios master, from kuros power)  
Church Army  
      n   a voluntary Anglican organization founded in 1882 to assist the parish clergy  
Church Commissioners  
      pl n     (Brit)   a group of representatives of Church and State that administers the endowments and property of the Church of England  
church key  
      n     (U.S)   a device with a triangular point at one end for making holes in the tops of cans  
church mode  
      n     (Music)      a less common name for       mode       3a  
Church of Christ, Scientist  
      n      the official name for the       Christian Scientists  
Church of England  
      n   the reformed established state Church in England, Catholic in order and basic doctrine, with the Sovereign as its temporal head  
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints  
      n   the official name for the Mormon Church  
Church of Rome  
      n      another name for the       Roman Catholic Church  
Church of Scotland  
      n   the established church in Scotland, Calvinist in doctrine and Presbyterian in constitution  
church parade  
      n   a parade by servicemen or members of a uniformed organization for the purposes of attending religious services  
Church Slavonic   , Slavic  
      n   Old Church Slavonic, esp. as preserved in the liturgical use of the Orthodox church  
church text  
      n   a heavy typeface in Gothic style  
collegiate church  
      n  
1      (R.C. Church, Church of England)   a church that has an endowed chapter of canons and prebendaries attached to it but that is not a cathedral  
2      (U.S. Protestantism)   one of a group of churches presided over by a body of pastors  
3      (Scot. Protestantism)   a church served by two or more ministers  
4    a large church endowed in the Middle Ages to become a school  
5    a chapel either endowed by or connected with a college  
Congregational Church  
      n   any evangelical Protestant Christian Church that is governed according to the principles of Congregationalism. In 1972 the majority of churches in the Congregational Church in England and Wales voted to become part of the United Reformed Church  
Coptic Church  
      n   the ancient Christian Church of Egypt  
Dutch Reformed Church  
      n   any of the three Calvinist Churches to which most Afrikaans-speaking South Africans belong  
Eastern Church  
      n  
1    any of the Christian Churches of the former Byzantine Empire  
2    any Church owing allegiance to the Orthodox Church and in communion with the Greek patriarchal see of Constantinople  
3    any Church, including Uniat Churches, having Eastern forms of liturgy and institutions  
Eastern Orthodox Church  
      n      another name for the       Orthodox Church  
Episcopal Church  
      n   an autonomous branch of the Anglican Communion in Scotland and the U.S.  
Established Church  
      n   a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp. the Church of England  
Free Church  
      n     (Chiefly Brit)  
a    any Protestant Church, esp. the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church  
b    (as modifier)  
Free-Church attitudes     
Greek Church  
      n      another name for the       Greek Orthodox Church  
Greek Orthodox Church  
      n  
1      (Also called)    Greek Church   the established Church of Greece, governed by the holy synod of Greece, in which the Metropolitan of Athens has primacy of honour  
2       another name for       Orthodox Church  
High Church  
      n  
1    the party or movement within the Church of England stressing continuity with Catholic Christendom, the authority of bishops, and the importance of sacraments, rituals, and ceremonies  
   Compare       Broad Church       Low Church  
      adj  
  High-Church  
2    of or relating to this party or movement  
  High-Churchman      n  
Latin Church  
      n   the Roman Catholic Church  
Low Church  
      n  
1    the school of thought in the Church of England stressing evangelical beliefs and practices  
   Compare       Broad Church       High Church  
      adj  
  Low-Church  
2    of or relating to this school  
  Low-Churchman      n  
Moravian Church  
      n   a Protestant Church originating in Moravia in 1722 as a revival of the sect of Bohemian Brethren. It has close links with the Lutheran Church  
New Church  
      n      another name for the       New Jerusalem Church  
New Jerusalem Church  
      n   a sect founded in 1787 on the teachings of Swedenborg,   (Often shortened to)    New Church  
Old Church Slavonic   , Slavic  
      n   the oldest recorded Slavonic language: the form of Old Slavonic into which the Bible was translated in the ninth century, preserved as a liturgical language of various Orthodox Churches: belonging to the South Slavonic subbranch of languages  
Orthodox Church  
      n  
1      (Also called)    Byzantine Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Greek Orthodox Church   the collective body of those Eastern Churches that were separated from the western Church in the 11th century and are in communion with the Greek patriarch of Constantinople  
2    any of these Churches  
parochial church council  
      n     (Church of England)   an elected body of lay representatives of the members of a parish that administers the affairs of the parish  
Protestant Episcopal Church  
      n      the full title of the       Episcopal Church  
Roman Catholic Church  
      n   the Christian Church over which the pope presides, with administrative headquarters in the Vatican,   (Also called)    Catholic Church, Church of Rome  
Russian Orthodox Church  
      n   the national Church of Russia, constituting a branch of the Eastern Church presided over by the Patriarch of Moscow  
States of the Church  
      pl n      another name for the       Papal States  
Unification Church  
      n   a religious sect founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon (born 1920), S Korean industrialist and religious leader  
   See also       Moonie  
United Church of Christ  
      n   a U.S. Protestant denomination formed in 1957 from the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Church  
United Reformed Church  
      n   (in England and Wales) a Protestant denomination formed from the union of the Presbyterian and Congregational churches in 1972  
Western Church  
      n  
1    the part of Christendom that derives its liturgy, discipline, and traditions principally from the patriarchate of Rome, as contrasted with the part that derives these from the other ancient patriarchates, esp. that of Constantinople  
2    the Roman Catholic Church, sometimes together with the Anglican Communion of Churches  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

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church

  
  
basilica, cathedral, chapel, house of God, kirk     (Scot.)   minster, place of worship, procathedral, tabernacle, temple  

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churchwarden n.
officer of the Church of England

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expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
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Opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England i.e.the English branch of the Western Christian Church, which combines Catholic and Protestant traditions, rejects the Pope’s authority, and has the monarch as its titular head
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